Maternal Health

SAVE THE DATE: Aligning the Stars for Quality RMNCH Care! What Does it Take?

In the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, country and global stakeholders are focusing more on quality in health care, including quality of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) care. With momentum increasing to accelerate reductions in mortality and embrace a forward-looking “survive and thrive” agenda, there is an urgent need to support country health systems to incorporate high quality RMNCH health care as a core mission of a country's health system.

Where's the Link? Maternal and Child Health, Aid, and Armed Conflict

Women and children are disproportionately affected in conflict and emergency situations. It has been suggested that the focus on maternal deaths in crisis settings is often overstated relative to the importance of extreme poverty. Particularly violent locations may also attract more humanitarian aid, which may in turn improve the maternal health care. This begs the question, what is the net effect of conflict on the access to maternal health services? While there is a vast literature on aid and economic growth, less systematic knowledge exists on how aid affects health.

Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies: Faith-Based Engagement in Family Planning

“When you enable a family to be able to time and space their children, you actually improve the overall health of that family,” said Dr. Alma Golden, the Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, at a recent Wilson Center event on the role of faith-based organizations in family planning.

Successful Country-Led Scale-Up of RMNCAH Interventions

“We are seeing increasingly self-reliant countries develop national health sector plans solidly grounded on technical evidence,” said Dr. Jim Ricca of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) at a recent Wilson Center event.

Thirty Years of the Safe Motherhood Initiative: Celebrating Progress and Charting the Way Forward

This article was originally posted on the blog of the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) on December 19, 2017.

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Safe Motherhood Initiative at the Wilson Center

Since 1987, the number of women dying during pregnancy and delivery has dropped by 43 percent, saving hundreds of thousands of women’s lives—and changing the lives of their families—around the world.

Young in the City: Addressing the Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health of Urban Adolescents and Youth

“All or most of the children living in these communities are by nature vulnerable,” said Melanie Yahner of Save the Children at a recent Wilson Center event on the sexual, reproductive, and maternal health of urban adolescents.

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