Maternal Health

Community Health Matters in the Journey to Self-Reliance

Community health affects the stability of nations and the prosperity of families. Access to health services and family planning empower community members and help communities thrive. Strong community health systems have proven successful in reaching remote and underserved populations. Since 2012, the USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project has worked in 40 countries to improve community health systems, with particular focus on family planning and infectious disease prevention. 


25 Years since Cairo: Making ICPD25 Relevant to Young People

The year 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The ICPD’s Programme of Action created a paradigm shift in how the global community regarded population dynamics, moving it from a focus on human numbers to a focus on human rights.

The Juggling Act of Caregiving Balancing Career, Health, and Gender Roles

“There are only four kinds of people in the world: Those who have been caregivers; those who currently are caregivers; those who will be caregivers; and those who will need caregivers.” --Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady of the United States 

Fitness First: Improving Maternal Health for Palestinian Women

Palestinian women have historically played a significant role in their community development efforts. However, pregnant women are constantly confronted with cultural challenges as well as contextual ones that restrict them for valuing childbirth education and pre-natal fitness. Stereotypes and traditional education continue to limit pregnant women.

Saving Mothers, Giving Life: It Takes a System to Save a Mother

“Saving Mothers, Giving Life has undeniably raised the bar in how we address maternal perinatal mortality,” said Dr.

Achieving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All

“The Guttmacher-Lancet Commission could not come at a better time,” said Patricia Da Silva, Associate Director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation United Nations Liaison Office.

Making it a Priority: Adolescents’ Health and Rights

“Adolescence is a time to support young peoples’ access to information, to education, to skills and to services that can result in a healthy and safe transition into adulthood,” said Sarah Barnes, Project Director of the Maternal Health Initiative, at a recent Wilson Center event on engaging youth and protecting their sexual and reproductive health and rights. “It’s time to make adolescents a priority,” said Barnes.