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Bloomberg Showcases Devastating Maternal Care in India

A heartbreaking story in today’s Bloomberg.com news highlights the devastating impact of India’s poor treatment of women, especially as they prepare for childbirth. Emphasizing the abysmal care for one young mother, the story reinforces the international affront of the November expose of women who were giving forced sterilizations. This time, however, the story is even more telling, as bribery, corruption and heartless care impact the ultimate and sadly predictable poor outcome for both mother and child.

Women Deliver’s CEO, Katja Iverson says, “Losing a woman due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth is a tragedy. Every time. Whether in India or in any country of the world, it is a loss for families, as well as nations. re India, focusing on social accountability programs as a way to improve the quality of maternal care and a mechanism for more effective policy implementation. Read more...

All Babies Are Equal – Helping HIV-Positive Mothers Deliver Healthy Babies

By: Svetha Janumpalli, Founder & CEO at New Incentives

New Incentives was a winner of the Women Deliver Social Enterprise Challenge held at the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in May 2013.

A year ago, I was invited to represent New Incentives in Malaysia for the Women Deliver Conference. At the time, I had been running New Incentives for two years, giving cash transfers for everything from increasing attendance for young females in rural India to reducing HIV transmission in West African villages. The concept was simple: poor people lack money and decisions like not sending their daughters to school is born more out of economics than a lack of understanding of the value. In the last year since winning the Women Deliver Conference, we have grown from a young startup that was still looking for a focus, to helping mothers with HIV give birth to healthy babies. Read more...

Worldwide, Nearly Six Million Babies Are Born and Die Each Year Without Birth or Death Certificates

New Lancet Series finds counting births and deaths is an indicator of progress towards ending 3 million preventable infant deaths

LONDON—Each year, 5.5 million babies enter and leave the world without being recorded and one in three newborns—over 45 million babies—do not have a birth certificate by their first birthday. Babies who are stillborn, born too early, or who die soon after birth are least likely to be registered, even in high-income countries.

Findings from the Every Newborn Series, published today in The Lancet, paint the clearest picture to date of a newborn’s chance of survival and the steps that must be taken to end preventable infant deaths. New analyses indicate that 3 million maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths can be prevented each year with proven interventions—including the promotion of breastfeeding, neonatal resuscitation, kangaroo mother care for preterm babies, antenatal corticosteroids, and the prevention and treatment of infections. These interventions can be implemented for an annual cost of US$1.15 per person. Providing quality care at birth yields a triple return on investment—saving mothers and newborns, and preventing stillbirths—and protects babies from disability. Read more...

Special Supplement on Maternal and Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality

This month, BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology published a special supplement on maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. The supplement is drawn from the findings of the WHO Multi-Country Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health from 2010-2012, which is the largest study to date of severe complications and “near misses” in pregnancy. In total, the supplement includes twelve papers, an Editorial, and a Commentary.

The WHO Survey’s data was collected from more than 300,000 women utilizing 359 healthcare facilities in 29 countries, and analyses were run on the number of pregnant women with severe maternal outcomes (either maternal death or “near miss”) and the coverage of essential interventions within these health facilities. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: CUBS Project Empowering Women in Nigeria

By Rehema Namukose, Women Deliver

Nigeria’s population of people living with HIV/AIDS accounts for about four million of a global total of 40 million, which makes it the nation with the second largest population of people living with HIV/AIDS after South Africa. As a result, many orphans have been left homeless, without any financial support for basic needs like education. With support from PEPFAR, USAID in partnership with Management Health Sciences (MHS) and Africare is implementing the Community-Based Support for OVC Project (CUBS). The project aims at improving the well-being of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in 11 Nigerian states by integrating a currently fragmented OVC service delivery system, mobilizing community support, and raising awareness of the issues and needs of OVCs. Read more...

 

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