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Celebrate Solutions: Social Franchising Clinics in Vietnam

By: Kelsi Boyle, Women Deliver

Vietnam’s fertility rate declined rapidly from the 1970s when it was estimated to be six, down to four by the early 1990s, only two by 2000, and has been relatively stable since. Good progress has been made to expand access to quality reproductive health, including family planning and increased use of modern contraception, with the contraceptive prevalence rate increasing from 74% in 2001 to 80% in 2008. Read More...

Creating Changes in Women’s Health with Mobile Apps

There are over 6.8 billion cellphone users in the world – 1 billion of those users are women in low and middle income countries. While not every phone has the ability to download mobile apps, the idea of having apps targeted towards issues in women’s health is groundbreaking. That’s why a handful of individuals and companies have taken on this task and begun to create mobile accessible solutions for things like, maternal mortality and managing your menstrual cycle. Read More...

Celebrate Solutions: Partnership to Save Women and Babies in Uganda, Zambia, and Nigeria

By: Sara Pellegrom; Women Deliver

Last week, at the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference, USAID and partners released the Saving Mothers, Giving Life Mid-Initiative Report. Halfway through the five-year project, the report highlights a reduction of nearly 50 percent in maternal deaths in targeted Ugandan and Zambian facilities. Read More...

Family Planning: A Challenge for Adolescent Girls

By: Angeline Makore, Women Deliver Young Leader; Originally posted on: K4Health

The issue of family planning has been an enormous challenge for ordinary African girls. In most instances, this is due to a lack of adequate and medically accurate information on sexual and reproductive health, youth-friendly services, family support services, and affordability. A typical example of this is Ruva. Read More...

Celebrate Solutions: Harnessing mHealth for Healthy Pregnancies in Tanzania

By Emily Mello, Women Deliver

In 2008, the Government of Tanzania recorded 45,000 newborn and 13,000 maternal deaths.  Recognizing the importance of spreading health messages to new and expectant mothers, the government began a nationwide healthy pregnancy and safe motherhood campaign: Wazazi Nipendeni, or “Parents Love Me” in Swahili. The campaign has harnessed mobile technology to reach women and male supporters, including those in Tanzania’s most remote corners. Read More...

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