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Celebrate Solutions: Using Mobile Phones to Combat Healthcare Inequality Worldwide

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...

Celebrate Solutions: The ABC’s of Basic Integrated Health Care in Nigeria

By: Lindsay Menard Freeman, Women Deliver

Affordable, universal, and high-quality health care saves lives, saves time, and saves money. The Access to Basic Medical Care (ABC) program in Oyo State, Nigeria ensures free healthcare for residents from any of the 33 Local Government Councils of Oyo State. Every resident has a fundamental right to high quality and effective healthcare, and the ABC program is designed to extend basic healthcare solutions to the masses. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Providing Life-Changing Surgeries for Fistula Patients

By: Isabel Garcia, Catapult

Obstetric fistula—a hole in the birth canal resulting from prolonged or obstructed childbirth—is a preventable condition that leaves up to 100,000 girls and women each year, with life-long incontinence. As a result of the stigma associated with the condition, women living with fistula are often isolated, neglected or abandoned by family and community, and left to rely on the charity and mercy of others. The Tamale Fistula Centre in northern Ghana, which is supported by UNFPA, provides life-changing surgeries for girls and women facing this condition. Through Catapult, they raised the funds needed to provide 136 gynecological surgeries in 2013, 81 of which were fistula repair surgeries. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Expanding Universal Health Coverage to Save Lives

By: Dr. Jeanette Vega, Managing Director for Health, Rockefeller Foundation

In just over a year since the UN General Assembly passed a historic resolution on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), we have seen incredible momentum around the topic. UHC is fast becoming one of the most important and relevant issues in the global health sector, setting the stage for UHC’s prioritization in the post-2015 development agenda. Now, global health leaders Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Jay, and Ana Langer have authored a new essay in PLoS Medicine that highlights the importance of Improving Women’s Health through Universal Health Coverage. Building on the Lancet Series on Universal Health Coverage and a recent  on UHC and equity, the authors argue that UHC is a powerful driver for women's health. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions:  Empowering Women Living with Fistula

By: Alyssa Tartaglione, Catapult

EngenderHealth, a leading global women’s health organization, has a proven track record working to repair fistula, having supported the provision of more than 25,000 surgeries in the last decade. But their work goes far beyond just providing this vital surgery. Read more...

Despite Newly Free Deliveries in Kenya, Some Mothers Opt for Traditional Birth Attendants

By: Mary Wairimu, Kenya News Desk; Originally posted on Global Press Institute

Although many mothers are taking advantage of newly free delivery services in Kenya’s public hospitals, some women still prefer traditional birth attendants. The government waived fees to lower the maternal mortality rate, as one in 55 women can currently expect to die from pregnancy-related causes in Kenya. Traditional birth attendants resent the government’s interference, which they say endangers their businesses. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Save a Mother, Save a Child

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

At Women Deliver, we believe that healthy mothers are the key to healthy families and communities. A recent study in rural Malawi proves this to be the case. Evaluations of a five-year program found that improving maternal health care reduced newborn mortality by 30% and saved at least 1,000 newborn lives. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: How the Right Kind of Training Can Save the Lives of Mothers and Newborns

By: Lynn ElHarake, Women Deliver

At the busiest maternity unit at the Lady Willingdon Hospital, a teaching hospital in Lahore, at least one woman every hour gives birth in the unit, often after experiencing complications. Despite the high number of deliveries, the unit was lacking even the most basic guidelines to protect mothers and newborns. That is, until healthcare professionals attended an informative and interactive Jhpiego-led workshop on the postpartum intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD). Read more...

A Panomaric View of Asia: Campaign hits newsstands today

Originally posted on PR Newswire

The second edition in Mediaplanet's "Investing in the Developing World" series hit newsstands in select markets of USA Today this morning, transporting readers to the Asian continent.

The "Investing in Asia" publication will traverse the human landscape of globalization, presenting a panorama of life on the continent.  With the support of CARE, Women Deliver, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Water Missions International, Opportunity International, Mercy Corps, American Indian Foundation, Give2Asia, Management Sciences for Health, IntraHealth, Church World Service, Developments in Literacy, and International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, Mediaplanet will take readers on a journey from the valleys of the Hindu Kush to the peak of Mount Everest, from the haves to the have-nots, in order to portray the reality of life on the continent. Read more...

 

Celebrate Solutions: Using Local Resources to Improve Maternal Health in Haiti

By: Yousra Yusuf, Women Deliver

In Haiti, pregnancy and childbirth are often fatal; Haiti has the highest maternal, under-5 and infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere. Many local civil society organizations have joined the efforts of international and government agencies to gradually improve health conditions, one healthy delivery at a time. One such organization is Haiti Village Health (HVH). In the past year, this organization has launched a pre- and postnatal program which has provided healthcare to over 100 women. Read more...

The Drive to Strengthen Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria—What it Means for Women and Children

By: The Tony Elumelu Foundation

This blog is published in collaboration with a larger campaign spearheaded by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and conducted by Heads of State and Government; Heads of U.N. Agencies; CEO’s; Leaders of Civil Society Organizations; and other global leaders who have demonstrated their leadership in the health field, in support of Every Woman Every Child. Learn more at www.everywomaneverychild.org.

As world leaders focus on advancing efforts to save 16 million women and Children by 2015, The Tony Elumelu Foundation joins the “big push” on the  ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ campaign. Nigeria is working towards addressing the availability of quality healthcare delivery which is currently challenged by poor infrastructure and affects all, especially the most vulnerable in our society—a position mostly occupied by women and children. Children within the ages of 0 to 14 account for 41% of Nigeria’s population, with 51:49 percent men to women ratio for a population of 168 million people. Read more...

 

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