Maternal Health

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.

Addressing Critical Health System Barriers to Improve RMNCAH Services

USAID’s 2017 Acting on the Call Report estimates that investments in evidence-based health system strengthening activities across 25 priority countries would save the lives of 5.6 million children and 260,000 women from 2016-2020. USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) supports delivery of high-impact reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) services in 25 USAID priority countries. 

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.

Reaching the Farthest Behind: Facility-level Innovations in Maternal Health

“Innovation happens when there are pioneers that stick with it,” said Monica Kerrigan, vice president of innovations at Jhpiego.

It Takes a Village: Community as Key to a Resilient Health System

“Resilience means the ability to cope and move ahead,” said Joan Dalton, the gender lead at THINK Liberia during the second session in a series of conversations on resilience and health at the Wilson Center.

Maternal and Women's Health, Two Years In: Measuring Progress Towards Meeting the SDGs

“The aspirations of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are really high, and the data that will enable that have a long way to go,” said Rachel Snow from the United Nations Population Fund at a Wilson Center event on July 14, 2017.

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