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A Life Changing Birth Experience: My New Normal

Jessica Valenti shares her personal experience with birth complications and how it changed her life. Click through to read her full blog post.

By: Jessica Valenti, author and founder of Feministing.com; originally posted on her website jessicavalenti.com 

As you may already know, I had a baby – a daughter named Layla Sorella Valenti-Golis. That’s the good (nay, wonderful!) news. The bad news is that she was born way too early; I developed severe pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome and had to deliver Layla when I was 29 weeks pregnant.

How Public Health Logisticians Are Working to Strengthen Health Systems

By: Mariko Rasmussen, Program Assistant at Women Deliver

The International Association of Public Health Logisticians (IAPHL) was initiated in 2007 as an online community to connect and support public health logisticians around the world in their vital efforts to supply the people of their countries with the health products they need. At various conferences, workshops, and trainings, the project coordinators noticed the excitement generated when people from several countries come together to share and learn from one another, only to return home with very few means of maintaining the collaborative relationships they had formed. Read more...

The Partners’ Forum on Women’s and Children’s Health: From Pledges to Action

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Partner's Forum gathered more than 1000 participants representing governments, non-profits, UN agencies, donors/foundations, businesses, academia, and health services of 50 countries together in Delhi over the weekend. The two days featured plenaries and break-out sessions highlighting success stories in financing, delivery and accountability; identifying innovative strategies, policies and programs that can be scaled up for change; and promoting consensus on the next steps in mutual accountability.

Celebrate Solutions: The Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project, India

By: Mariko Rasmussen, Program Assistant at Women Deliver

Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula. The state faces major challenges in improving and increasing access to health care services, but they are making significant strides. The Government of Tamil Nadu developed a Health Policy in 2003 with a focus on the health of low-income communities and families. The Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project supports this strategy through several interventions, especially those aimed at reducing infant and maternal mortality. The World Bank recently provided more funds, in addition to the original financing in 2004, to further improve health services quality and access while supporting state-wide management systems implementation. Read more...

Maternal Health at the mHealth Summit

By: Madeline Taskier, Partnership Coordinator and Bhuvana Bhagat, Senior Program Officer at Women Deliver

Over 2,700 tech gurus, government officials, non-profit organizations, researchers and private sector companies attended the mHealth Summit last week in DC at the Washington Convention Center. Hosted by the mHealth Alliance of the UN Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Foundation for the NIH, the summit brought together participants across sectors to discuss progress made in mobile health so far and what the future holds. Read more...

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