By: Liz Ford; Originally posted on The Guardian
The number of women dying in childbirth has dropped by almost 44% over the past 25 years, according to the latest UN figures. But women’s rights activists said the figures were disappointing.The number of maternal deaths fell from an estimated 532,000 to 303,000. Read More...
November 12th, 2015
By: Liz Ford; Originally posted on The Guardian
February 26th, 2015
By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver; Originally posted on Huffington Post
I’ll never forget the energy of this moment. Yemurai Nyoni was amongst a hard-hitting roster of speakers tasked with closing the PMNCH Partners’ Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa in June 2014. The list included Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin of UNFPA, Dr. Ariel Pablos Mendez of USAID, and Dr. Carole Presern of PMNCH - true giants in the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) space. Read more..
January 22nd, 2015
By: Tewodros Melesse; Originally posted by Huffington Post
The snow-capped mountains of the Swiss skiing resort of Davos seem a million miles away from the small wooden shack in a slum in Pampanga, Philippines that Marites Garcia calls home.
Every day she sees her eight children and two grandchildren go without food. It breaks her heart but there's little she can do. She doesn't have an education or a job and neither does her husband. Read more...
July 13th, 2014
By: Rehema Namukose, Women Deliver
Supporting medicine and public health using mobile technology, also known as mHealth, is changing the landscape of healthcare service delivery in the world today. It is transforming lives of both health workers and communities by bringing technology to hard to reach areas.
Many health advocates, public health practitioners, social enterprises and civil society organisations have created mHealth solutions and implemented them in various parts of the world. Medic Mobile, a social entrerprise, is one such organization that is creating mobile tools and innovations to improve health and lives of people in rural areas worldwide since 2009. Read more...
June 4th, 2014
The Ethiopian government has made tremendous progress in increasing access to contraceptives and improving maternal health. Through its innovative Health Extension Program (HEP), community health workers are formally trained and employed as full-time government workers. This investment has helped to serve hard -to-reach areas of the country. Despite strong political will and innovative support through the HEP program, major challenges are still holding back universal access to family planning and reproductive health services.
Ethiopia has the second largest population in Africa with 90 million people, and this figure is projected to double by 2050 if no interventions are made to address this issue. According to a report by the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, adolescent girls in Ethiopia particularly need access to reproductive health information and services, and interventions that prevent child marriage. Read more...
May 23rd, 2014
Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women, is pleased to announce the election of two new board members, effective immediately: Dr. Jotham Musinguzi, Regional Director of Partners in Population and Development’s Africa Regional Office, and Dr. Peter Cairo, a consultant who spent 20 years as a full-time faculty member at Columbia University and specializes in the areas of leadership development, executive coaching, and executive team effectiveness.
“We are excited and absolutely privileged to have Dr. Jotham Musinguzi and Dr. Peter Cairo join the Women Deliver Board of Directors,” said Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver. “They each bring a distinct outlook along with years of expertise in their respective fields. Their passion and commitment to our set of issues will be a great resource for Women Deliver as we move forward.” Read more...
May 19th, 2014
By: Jill Sheffield and Katja Iversen
It has already been one year since the extraordinary 2013 Women Deliver global conference took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The three day event brought together 4,500 key stakeholders from approximately 150 countries to focus on the most pressing issues affecting girls’ and women’s health and rights. During this one year anniversary, we want you to share with us: what is the one thing you have done - or done differently - to advance the health and rights of girls and women in your country over the last year? Read more...
January 9th, 2014
Originally posted by Council on Foreign Relations
A new interactive guide from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) examines the threat that child marriage poses both to the prosperity and stability of the countries in which it is prevalent and to U.S. development and foreign policy interests. "Child marriage is linked to poor health, curtailed education, violence, and instability, and perpetuates an intergenerational cycle of poverty that is difficult to break, as the InfoGuide shows," said CFR Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy Rachel B. Vogelstein, formerly director of policy and senior adviser on global women's issues at the U.S. State Department. "Its effects harm not only girls but entire families, communities, and economies—and U.S. interests around the world." Read more...
August 29th, 2013
By: Saundra Pelletier, WomanCare Global; Originally posted on Huffington Post
What does investing in women and in their ability to advocate for themselves mean for the world? In Caribou, Maine, where I'm from, girls had two choices when they were growing up - who they would marry and how many children they would have. There were many "invisible women" who lacked access to resources, powerful female role models and, above all, choice. My mother encouraged me to advocate for myself and for those who felt invisible. As the CEO of WomanCare Global, a non-profit women's health company focused on delivering high-quality healthcare products, I believe that empowering women by ensuring their reproductive choice is critical for women who simply want to provide a better quality of life for their children and ultimately, themselves. On a global scale, an investment in female empowerment ensures healthier, wealthier and better educated communities. Read more...
September 18th, 2012
By: Jos Dirkx, Women Deliver 100 Young Leader from South Africa
This blog is part of a series, edited by Women Deliver, in partnership with Impatient Optimists, on youth perspectives to celebrate World Contraception Day. Share your thoughts in comments and join the conversation at #WCD2012. For more stories and to get involved further visit No Controversy.
The basic human rights of women regarding their health, bodies and sexuality are under threat, and have been called into question during recent debates on contraceptive use and reproductive rights. Read more...