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Johnson & Johnson Makes Five-Year Commitment to Women and Children

Johnson & Johnson today announced the launch of Every Mother, Every Child, a comprehensive, five-year, private-sector effort to improve the health of women and children in developing countries. The initiative supports the United Nations’ April 2010 call for a renewed effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing mortality in women and children by 2015.

Emergency in Pakistan: Over 500,000 Pregnant Women At Risk From Floods

Since early August, floods across Northwest Pakistan have cast out nearly 21 million people from their homes and villages. UNFPA estimates that there are 500,000 pregnant women in this displaced population. Everyday approximately 1,700 of these women go into labor and over 250 suffer complications during birth.

Accelerating Progress for Maternal Health

By: Mariko Rasmussen, Program Assistant for Women Deliver; originally posted at the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases blog, End the Neglect

I am blessed to live in a part of the world where I am more likely to view a woman dying in childbirth as a thematic element to a piece of fiction than to see it happen in my own family or have it happen to myself. Similarly, when I think of a three-foot worm growing under a person’s skin, it sounds like a horror movie or nightmare rather than a diagnosis. But in many places, maternal mortality and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), like guinea worm, continue to ravage communities, especially thriving in impoverished settings. NTDs are a group of disabling, disfiguring, and deadly diseases affecting more than 1.4 billion people worldwide living on less than $1.25 a day. Often, women and children carry much of the NTD burden, and NTDs can directly impact maternal mortality rates, such as hookworm’s contribution to anemia in pregnant women. This disparity between rich and poor is unacceptable – health is a human right. Read more...

Human Rights-Based Approaches to Maternal Mortality Reduction

The International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights (IIMMHR) recently released a report, Human Rights-Based Approaches to Maternal Mortality Reduction Efforts. The report states that the majority of global maternal deaths can be averted if women’s basic human rights are guaranteed.

New Reports Show Regional Disparities Exist for Mexican Women

Two new studies released by the Guttmacher Institute showcase new research on maternal health issues in Mexico. The reports, “Addressing Adolescent Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities,” and “Barriers to Safe Motherhood in Mexico,” (reports available in Spanish only) discuss sub-national data on access to sexual and reproductive health resources and maternal mortality rates. Read more...

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