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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: OBGYNs Improving Maternal & Infant Health in Ethiopia

By: Madeline Taskier, University of Michigan, Global Initiatives

In Ethiopia, women are 200 times more at risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes than women in developed countries. Almost a third of all maternal death and morbidity in Ethiopia is caused by unsafe abortion procedures., and the country has a strikingly high health workforce shortage. Due in part to these factors, Ethiopia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. 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...

The Lancet Launches Report on Investing in Health

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Development Report, the Lancet commission revisited the case for investing in health. As a result of their findings, the commission developed a new investment framework to reach substantial health gains by 2035. The framework, along with key recommedations, is included with the report Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation, launched today at events in London, Johannesburg and Tunis. Read more...

Merck for Mothers Working to End the Tragedy of Women in America Dying in Childbirth and Pregnancy

Originally posted at Merck for Mothers

Initial commitment of $6 million dedicated to addressing growing U.S. problem

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J., Nov. 19, 2013 – Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that Merck for Mothers has launched programs aimed at decreasing the number of women across the United States who die from or suffer severe complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. The maternal mortality rate in this country has nearly doubled since 1990, despite significant progress in reducing rates globally.  In addition, more than 50,000 women a year in the United States – one every 10 minutes – nearly die from a severe complication they experience during pregnancy or childbirth. Read more...

Closing the Gap; Millennium Development Goals 8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

By: Victoria Melhado, Women Deliver 100 Young Leader; Originally posted on Impatient Optimists and Frontline Health Workers

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
-Margaret Mead

Today, I say proudly that nurses are changing the world. In 2000, the United Nations adopted the Millennium Declaration, which laid out the framework for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight MDGs take a holistic approach to poverty reduction, covering education, gender equality, health, environmental sustainability and the need for a global partnership to facilitate the realization of these goals. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Pakistani Midwives Provide Postpartum Family Planning Services

By: Sara Pellegrom, Women Deliver

A new initiative, led by Jhpiego and funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, is providing counseling to women about postpartum family planning methods to prevent unwanted pregnancies and space births to improve the health of the mother and child. The program has trained 425 maternal health care providers of different skill levels across 21 facilities about postpartum family planning methods, including the postpartum intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD). It has also included input from district managers from the Government of Pakistan’s health and population departments and has taught them how to provide appropriate and supportive supervision to health facility staff. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Social Franchising for Affordable, Quality Health Care

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

In Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, the maternal mortality rate of 359 out of every 100,000 live births is nearly double the rate for the entire country, 212 out of every 100,000 live births. This is largely due to economic disparities—the poor have limited access to skilled health care providers at a cost they can afford. The Merrygold Health Network (MGHN) has been  through a network of private health care providers using a social franchise model. 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...

World Population Day: Measuring the Impact of the London Summit

Today is World Population Day, and also the one-year anniversary of the London Summit on Family Planning.  The commitments made at last year’s Summit have already led to tremendous progress. In more than 20 countries, governments are creating national plans to incorporate family planning into their women’s and children’s health programs. An additional three to four countries are preparing to make new commitments, and more than 10 countries have held their own family planning conferences. 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...

Celebrate Solutions: “Foot Soldiers of Change” Bring Healthcare to Rural Women

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

What do the Copper Canyon of Mexico’s Sierra Madre and Karnali Zone in Western Nepal have in common? Both are remote, rural areas where a trip to the doctor is an arduous journey and most women deliver their babies at home, alone. Thanks to One Heart World-Wide, these sites are also the locations for its Foot Soldiers of Change program, which has trained local people to help over 2,000 pregnant women access trained birth attendants and receive emergency care. 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...

Celebrate Solutions: Using Cash Transfers to Promote Safe Births in India

By: Yousra Yusuf, Women Deliver

Global maternal mortality rates may be on the decline, but mothers in India continue to die from preventable causes at alarming rates. In 2010, 56,000 deaths were reported throughout the country, with one in every 140 women dying from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes. Through a conditional cash transfer program, Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), the Indian government is working to ensure that no woman dies while giving life. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Ecuador’s Health System Model Reduces Maternal Mortality

By: Smita Gaith, Women Deliver

Of the 287,000 maternal deaths that occur every year, 320 take place in Ecuador, and 8800 in the entire Latin America and the Caribbean region. Post-partum hemorrhage has been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the leading and yet most preventable causes of maternal death, accounting for nearly 21 percent of maternal mortality in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Read more...

 

Countdown to 2015 Report: Fewer Maternal/Child Deaths; Too Many Still Dying

Countdown to 2015 launches its 2012 Report on June 14, 2012, at the Child Survival Call to Action, a two-day high-level meeting in Washington, D.C. 

Countdown’s new report, Building a Future for Women and Children: The 2012 Report, highlights country progress—and obstacles to progress—towards achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: A Childbirth Checklist Prevents Maternal and Newborn Deaths

By:  Smita Gaith, Women Deliver

Although many maternal and newborn deaths in developing countries are preventable, they still occur at alarmingly high rates.  Whereas in developed countries, the maternal mortality rate is estimated to be 16 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, developing countries see maternal mortality rates as high as 240 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Read more...

 

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