Success in Maternal Health

Success in Maternal Health

The Ten “Fast-Track” Countries Improving maternal and child health remains a challenge, especially in the developing world where the majority of these deaths take place. Each year, 289,000 maternal and 6.6 million child deaths still occur, and the causes behind most of these deaths are preventable. Still, there are some bright spots – ten countries have made accelerated progress in improving maternal and child health. These low- and...

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Maternal Mortality in the News

Maternal Mortality in the News

There has been a lot of talk recently about the plight of mothers around the world. Save the Children released their annual State of the World’s Mothers Report last month, highlighting the increased likelihood of women and children to suffer as war and uncertainty tear apart their countries. The report ranked each country according to the lifetime risk of maternal death. Finland came out on top as the best place with a lifetime risk of death of...

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Mothers Suffer Delays in Emergency Obstetric Care

Mothers Suffer Delays in Emergency Obstetric Care

 “A woman who is pregnant has one foot in the grave.” (Proverb, Chad) “Clothes should not be made for an unborn child.” (Bangala Proverb) When a woman gives birth in Uganda, she is congratulated “kulika omwana,” meaning “well survived.” ——- While the 47% reduction in global maternal mortality over the last two decades is an impressive gain, the fact remains that childbirth continues to be one of the most life-threatening...

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Family Planning Services Promote Well-Being of Women, One Pill at a Time

Family Planning Services Promote Well-Being of Women, One Pill at a Time

Family planning, which involves the information, supplies and services that enable families to decide when and whether to have children, is heralded as one of the most cost-effective public health advancements of the last century.  For every dollar spent on delivering these services, countries can save up to 6 dollars by preventing unintended pregnancies that end up costing significantly more (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2013).  It is...

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The Impact of Maternal Death on Families and Communities

The Impact of Maternal Death on Families and Communities

Over the past two decades, there has been a strong push on behalf of governments and international aid organizations to improve the health and well-being of mothers around the world, especially in developing nations. Although great strides have been achieved in some regions, mothers are still dying from preventable pregnancy-related complications every day. In 2010, an estimated 287,000 mothers died, leaving behind husbands, children, family...

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