Corporate Buzz: Philips and CNBC Africa Release Series Highlighting MDGs 4 and 5

By: Harshi Hettige, Women Deliver

Philips Electronics is continuing its work to strengthen healthcare in Africa, after recently showcasing clinical solutions for maternal and child care across Africa. In early August Philips and CNBC Africa partnered to release a new series called ‘African Dialogues.’ The series provides insight into the issues at the intersection of social welfare and business in Africa. Read more...

Women Deliver and The Lancet Announce Call for Papers

Since the first Women Deliver conference in October 2007, governments, civil society, and the private sector have all made dramatic advances in improving maternal health, and the lives of girls and women.   Although maternal deaths are on the decline, slow progress in many countries called for the second Women Deliver conference in 2010, which lead to more commitments from across sectors to changing the maternal health outlook. The third Women Deliver conference will take place from May 28 – 30, 2013, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, focusing on the links between improving maternal health and other development goals. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Linking Maternal and Mental Health Care

By: Smita Gaith, Women Deliver

Maternal health and mental health are inextricably linked – pregnant and postnatal women often suffer from common mental disorders like anxiety, depression, and other issues. But, all too often, these disorders go undiagnosed and untreated. Maternal suicide is the leading cause of death in the perinatal period, and there is a growing body of evidence to support the need for maternal mental health support in low- and middle-income countries.

In South Africa, the Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP), ongoing since July 2008, created an intervention that integrates mental health care services with primary care services. Read more...

New Study Shows Benefits of Misoprostol to Manage PPH

By: Dr. Aoife Kenny, a maternal health advocate and clinician in New Zealand

Pregnancy and childbirth can be dangerous, no matter where you are in the world. But it is the ability to deal with, or better yet prevent, things from going wrong that makes the difference.

A study published in BJOG, the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, in July 2012 highlights an exciting development for women worldwide. Read more...

Women Deliver Releases Interim Report on Regional Consultations

Women Deliver released an interim report that highlights key recommendations and findings from three regional consultations held throughout 2012. The consultations, held in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, and Asia, focused on MDG5 (to improve maternal health and achieve universal access to reproductive health) and demonstrated that there are noticeable similarities and differences across the regions. Participants of all three consultations agreed that a post-MDG framework is needed to complete the unfinished agendas of ICPD and the MDGs, and that women’s health and rights must remain a political priority. Read more...

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