Fighting HIV/AIDS Prevents Maternal Death

Fighting HIV/AIDS Prevents Maternal Death

The World Health Organization estimates that without the presence of HIV and AIDS, maternal mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa would be significantly lower. Instead of 640 deaths per 100,000 live births, the maternal mortality ratio would decrease to 580. (WHO 2012) In fact, 56,100 maternal deaths were attributed to HIV in 2011. (Lozano et al. 2011). HIV targets the immune system, weakens the body’s natural defenses and introduces potentially...

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Invest in Education for Women and Girls

Invest in Education for Women and Girls

What investing in education for women and girls can do for a country… Why educate girls? The answer is obvious: educate girls so they have the same opportunities as their male counterparts, educate girls so they feel empowered to change the status quo, educate girls because it is the right thing to do. And, there is concrete evidence that girls’ education positively impacts a wide range of issues, from poverty alleviation to better...

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Malaria-Associated Maternal Illness

Malaria-Associated Maternal Illness

Malaria-Associated Maternal Illness: Plasmodium falciparum adds to expectant mothers’ woes In the United States, malaria is a disease of the past, a force eliminated in 1949 by widespread DDT application, removal of mosquito breeding grounds, and spraying of insecticide. Both preventable and curable, malaria is still responsible for an estimated 627,000 deaths in 2012 alone (World Health Organization (WHO), 2014), of which approximately 10,000...

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Mobile Health for Maternal Health: The Tech Answer to High Maternal Mortality Rates

Mobile Health for Maternal Health: The Tech Answer to High Maternal Mortality Rates

Mobile Health for Maternal Health: The Tech Answer to High Maternal Mortality Rates When I think of rural health clinics and all the challenges that these healthcare practitioners face–lack of clean water, stable electricity, and basic medical supplies, I can’t help but skip over cell phones as a potential solution for maternal deaths. Mobile phones, however, are pervasive. Of the six billion people on the planet, 4.8 billion own a cell phone...

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On Child Marriage

On Child Marriage

On Child Marriage: how one event impacts a girl’s health, her education, and her opportunities What happens when a girl is forced to marry at a young age? The statistics say the likelihood of continuing her education plummets as does any opportunity for better-paid work.  They also show that her risk of death from childbirth and pregnancy-related complications increases dramatically. Yet, child marriage persists.  In the developing world, 1 in...

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Safe Blood Supply Crucial to Maternal Health Efforts

Safe Blood Supply Crucial to Maternal Health Efforts

Childbirth is a dangerous event.  In many countries around the world, the advent of modern healthcare has rendered childbirth much safer than ordinary everyday tasks (driving a car is more dangerous) but only some women benefit from these much needed advancements. Expectant mothers in the developing world face a much higher risk of dying in childbirth than their counterparts in developed nations. While access to emergency obstetric care is an...

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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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