Celebrate Solutions: Improving Emergency Obstetric Care in Peru

By: Madeline Taskier, Partnership Coordinator at Women Deliver

peru.JPGAyacucho is a mountainous and isolated region in the southeast corner of Peru. While the country has reduced its maternal mortality rate by 61% since 1990, rural women face serious barriers to quality emergency obstetric care (EmOC). Ayacucho is ranked 20th among the 24 Peruvian regions for health indicators with only 3.7 OBGYNs working per 10,000 women of reproductive age. In response to these challenges, CARE and the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program collaborated to improve EmOC for 48,000 rural women in the Ayacucho region. Read more...

International Development Journalism Competition Focuses on Women’s Issues

The Guardian International Development Journalism competition, supported by Marie Stopes International, announced the winners of the 2010 competition last week. The goal of this journalism competition is to generate articles that will help to raise awareness with the general public on the need for continued investment in international development and support for the Millennium Development Goals. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: The ACQUIRE Project in Tanzania

By: Mariko Rasmussen, Program Assistant at Women Deliver

tanzania.gifThe Eastern African country of Tanzania borders the Indian Ocean and sits between Kenya and Mozambique. Much of the population lives in rural areas and the maternal mortality ratio in 2008 was 790 deaths per 100,000 live births. Although contraceptive prevalence in Tanzania has increased over the last few decades, unmet need remains high, and one result of high unmet need is the problem of unsafe abortion, which contributes significantly to maternal deaths. A project that has been working to improve maternal health in Tanzania is doing so by advancing and supporting the availability, quality, and use of facility based reproductive health and family planning services. The ACQUIRE Project – Access, Quality, and Use in Reproductive Health – was a five year global project funded by USAID beginning in 2003. While global work ended in 2008, work continues in several countries around the world, including Tanzania, through USAID Associate Awards. Read more...

Put CEDAW on the US Agenda: The Call to US Senators

By Madeline Taskier, Partnership Coordinator at Women Deliver

Yesterday, a line wrapped around the Dirksen Senate Office hallway as women’s groups, members of the press, and lobbyists gathered to attend the CEDAW ratification hearing hosted by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) presided over the hearing as six witnesses took the podium and argued for the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). 

UN Secretary-General Announces New UNFPA Executive Director

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Nigerian health minister Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin to head the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. Women Deliver would like to congratulate and welcome Dr. Osotimehin, a strong and lifelong advocate for women's health and rights.

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