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Addressing Maternal Mortality from a Human Rights Perspective

Since the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals, the development world has made some impressive strides in addressing maternal health. Maternal mortality rates have reduced by 45% since 1990, and the role of global health practitioners and advocates has been commendable. However, our work is far from over. Today, almost 300,000 women die each year from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications. Of these deaths, 99% occur in the developing world, and almost 90% are preventable. Reversing this trend will require recognizing that surviving pregnancy and childbirth is a fundamental human right, which should not be contingent upon a woman’s age, where she lives, or her income level. In From Risk to Rights: Realizing States’ Obligations to Prevent and Address Maternal Mortality, a new publication by the Center for Reproductive Rights, this obligation is clearly outlined. Read more...

Working with Young People to Have Their Say in the Post-2015 Development Dialogue

Originally posted by UNAIDS

Today’s generation of young people is the largest in history, with 1.8 billion adolescents and youth making up one quarter of the world’s population. Young people have a critical role in ensuring that political momentum to achieve the end of the AIDS epidemic and to secure specific targets around sexual and reproductive health and rights in the post-2015 development agenda is sustained. Read more...

Assisting developing countries with contraception from Oss

Originally posted by MSD

  • 70 million euro investment in ‘state-of-the-art’ plant
  • ‘Lean’ manufacturing required to meet the demand

Oss, October 8, 2014 – During the past three years, MSD has invested more than 170 million euros in high-quality manufacturing in Oss. Today, the new 'flagship' was officially opened: a state-of-the-art plant costing 70 million euros where MSD can manufacture and package over ten million contraceptive implants per year. The implants are destined for developing countries in Africa and Asia in particular. Read more...

Women Deliver Partners with Family of Woman Film Festival

Originally posted by the Family of Woman Film Festival

OCTOBER 8, 2014—The 8th annual Family of Woman Film festival will take place Thursday, Feb. 26, to Sunday, March 1, 2015, at The Sun Valley Opera House, preceded by The Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture for the Health and Dignity of Women on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The theme for the 2015 Festival will be “Women and Their Dreams.” This carefully curated presentation of an international collection of films about exceptional women and girls who have taken control of their destinies will be followed by discussions with filmmakers and subjects of the films. Read more...

New Resource on Maternal Health, HIV and Family Planning Now Available

Women Deliver is excited to announce a new dual-sided fact sheet on maternal health, HIV and family planning developed with partners with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Family Care International, Maternal Health Task Force and The White Ribbon Alliance. This fact sheet includes evidence demonstrating the significance of promoting rights-based maternity care in order to improve girls’ and women’s sexual and reproductive health. Read more...

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