This Mother’s Day, Learn About Motherhood Around the World

By: Janna Oberdorf, Director of Communications and Outreach at Women Deliver

COUNTmeINsticker3x3.jpgAbout a year ago, at the Women Deliver 2010 conference in Washington, DC, I watched Christy Turlington Burns’ directorial debut, “No Woman, No Cry.” In our huge conference hall, between intense conversations on funding streams and health strengthening solutions, this movie made an impact. It told the stories behind the stats, and it gave a face to the 358,000 women and girls who die during pregnancy and childbirth each year. Read more...

New Partnership Launched: Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA)

This morning Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a new public-private partnership that aims to improve maternal health outcomes by harnessing the power of mobile phone technology. Called the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), this $10 million partnership between USAID, Johnson & Johnson, the UN Foundation, mHealth Alliance, and BabyCenter LLC will work to help new and expecting mothers in the developing world gain access to vital health information. Read more...

Save the Children’s 2011 State of the World’s Mothers Report

What are the world's best and worst places to be a mother? The 12th annual Mothers' Index analyzes health, education and economic conditions for women and children in 164 countries. This report identifies countries that are lagging behind in the race to save lives. It also shows that effective solutions to this challenge are affordable – even in the world’s poorest countries. Read more...

Women and Children to Benefit from New Recommendations to Improve Health Accountability

Originally posted by The Partnership for Newborn, Maternal, and Child Health

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA, 2 May 2011 – New recommendations calling for an unprecedented level of accountability to save the lives of more women and children in developing countries were agreed today by the United Nations Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health. These new approaches will help ensure that pledges are honoured and resources spent in the most effective way to save lives. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Motorcycle Ambulances for Mothers

By: Madeline Taskier, Partnership Coordinator at Women Deliver

When a woman experiences a pregnancy complication such as pre-term labor, postpartum hemorrhage, or obstructed labor, her life often depends on getting to a healthcare facility fast. But in the hardest-to-reach areas of the world, there are few affordable or available ambulance services willing to travel long distances to pick up the woman. This transportation delay significantly increases a woman’s risk of dying or experiencing a serious injury during childbirth. Read more...

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