By: Smita Gaith, Women Deliver
Today, TedxChange and Melinda Gates launched the No Controversy website, in the hopes that people around the world will share their stories, read about the experiences of others, and become educated on the importance of contraception and family planning. The launch, which is available on Livestream, comes three months ahead of the July 11 Family Planning Summit that will take place in London. The Summit, supported by the Department for International Development (DFID), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other partners, seeks to generate political commitment and greater resources to meet the family planning needs of women in some of the least wealthy countries by 2020. Read more...
April 5th, 2012
By: Smita Gaith, Women Deliver
May 6th, 2011
When ABC News launched their "Be the Change: Save a Life" series, they also partnered with the Acumen Fund and GOOD to launch a "Moms Matter" competition to raise attention to the hundreds of thousands of women who die in pregnancy and childbirth. They asked for submissions in the form of Tweets and print ads, guerrilla marketing campaigns and videos, essays, and a host of other creative ideas with one unifying purpose: to stand up as a global community and to say with one voice, "Enough is enough: moms matter." Read more...
April 6th, 2011
Check out how Maternal Health is being featured in a variety of ways on television. BIRTHRIGHTS is a series of 8 half hour films about maternal health around the globe on Al Jazeera. NO WOMAN, NO CRY the documentary produced and directed by Christy Turlington Burns that follows the stories of women in Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the United States as they face critical junctures in their pregnancies, will have its television debut on the Oprah Winfrey Network in May. PUSHING THE ELEPHANT, a film that explores the long-term and often hidden effects of war on women and families, particularly those in traditional societies, will be broadcast on PBS Independent Lens through April. Finally, check out the maternal health challenge that is part of the ABC News Initiative Be the Change: Save a Life. Read more...
December 16th, 2010
Tomorrow night, Friday 17th December 2010, ABC News will kick of a new series called, "Be the Change: Save a Life" at 10pm. This series will be a yearlong project to focus attention on the diseases and health conditions that disproportionately afflict the world's poorest people, and it will be led by "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer and ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser. Read more...
June 11th, 2009
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December 4th, 2008
Guatemala has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in Latin America, where death during childbirth is 20 times more likely than in the developed world. The majority of these deaths are preventable, with access to sufficient medical care — a challenge for many Guatemalans, particularly those in remote areas.
October 30th, 2008
The BBC has produced a new multi-series documentary called “Survival” that includes a 45-minute look at maternal health in Bangladesh. To capture the true story, the filmmakers traveled to a remote area in the North East of Bangladesh and filmed the labor of a young woman, Morjina, in her small hut with the aid of traditional birth attendant, or dhai.
October 14th, 2008
There was a great feature in the Washington Post this weekend all about maternal mortality in Sierra Leone. Unfortunately, Sierra Leone has an extremely high maternal mortality rate -- 1 in 8 women die during childbirth.
October 10th, 2008
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, animator Seth Brau brought the important words to life with motion graphics. Check out the video below to see his moving interpretation. And remember that maternal health is a human right. Health care improvements must come within a broader context of efforts to promote human rights, reduce poverty, and foster equality between men and women.
October 3rd, 2008
October 3rd, 2008
September 19th, 2008
September 18th, 2008
Facing the Truth, a 30-minute televised drama on the importance of HIV tests for pregnant women in Cambodia won a coveted Freddie Awards at this year's celebration. The Freddie Awards are given in the US for international health and medical media achievements--Facing the Truth won under the category of Prevention. The film was shot in and around Phnom Penh in ten days and has been shown at hospitals and health centers nationwide during a period of about two years. This movie was shown also on the Cambodian Television Network in June 2008, and more than two million citizens watched it. For more info on the movie, click here.
September 10th, 2008
Many thanks to DataDyne, the nonprofit (sponsored by the UN Foundation and Vodafone Foundation) that developed a software application for mobile phone devices that enables public health workers in developing countries to collect data more efficiently. (Found via UN Dispatch) Yesterday, the UN Foundation and the Vodafone Foundation, together with the World Health Organization announced that its EpiSurveyor program will expand to 22 sub-Saharan African countries by the end of the year. Check out this video of a DataDyne employee who helped train health workers in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo explain why this technology is so significant. Click through to watch a video.