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Celebrate Solutions: Repairing Obstetric Fistula and Female Genital Mutilation in Somaliland

hospital_maternity_ward.jpgBy: Madeline Taskier, Partnership Coordinator at Women Deliver

Obstetric fistula, like maternal mortality, is an almost entirely preventable condition experienced by at least 2 million women in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East every year. When a woman has prolonged or obstructed labor delaying delivery of her baby, a hole can form in the tissue between her bladder, vagina, and rectum causing uncontrollable leakage of feces or urine and often resulting in a stillborn birth. Performing surgery to repair the fistula is successful 90 percent of the time, but many women in these regions often do not have access to trained surgeons and have little knowledge of the existing treatments. Read more...

UN Extends ICPD Programme of Action Beyond 2014

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on the Follow up to the ICPD Beyond 2014, entitled, “Integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields”. The resolution, introduced by Yemen, on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, extends the ICPD Programme of Action and the Key Actions for the Further Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action beyond 2014, when the Programme was technically to come to an end. Read more...

Youth Advocates: 10 Ways to Take Action Right Now

With only a few days left until the New Year, it’s easy to feel like 2010 is already over. But it’s not too late to do something this month! Read our recap of the Top 10 Maternal Health Highlights in 2010 to celebrate all the hard work and successes of the year. Then, click through to check out some opportunities to keep your momentum going.

UNFPA and the Millennium Villages Project Team Up on Reproductive Health

Earlier this month, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Millennium Village Project (MVP) announced a joint effort to promote universal access to reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa in order to save the lives of young mothers. Combining the strengths of both entities, the partnership will engage UNFPA’s expertise in promoting reproductive rights as well as sexual and reproductive health along with MVP’s multisectoral, science-based approach and primary health-care strategies. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Family Planning and Birth Spacing in Pakistan

By: Mariko Rasmussen, Communications Specialist at Women Deliver

Studies have shown that when women give birth less than 15 months after a previous birth, their risk of dying from pregnancy related causes is 150% higher than for women who wait longer to give birth again. When pregnancies are too close together, newborns can be born too soon, too small, or with a low birth weight, may not grow well and are more likely to die before the age of five. Birth spacing – allowing three to five years to pass between births – is a very important maternal and child health intervention. Read more...

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