Maternal Health

Making it a Priority: Adolescents’ Health and Rights

Adolescents face unique challenges and significant vulnerabilities due to marginalization across the globe. Early marriage, a lack of accurate and complete sexual and reproductive health information, and lack of access to quality health services can make these challenges monumental. The risk of maternal mortality is highest among young adolescent girls. In addition, exposure to gender-based violence, including discrimination based on sexual and gender identity and expression, and a greater susceptibility to STIs, such as HIV, further marginalize young people.

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

While most people killed in wars are male, several studies have found that “mortality among women in some high-intensity conflicts was as severe as male mortality,” said Henrik Urdal, the Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), at a recent Wilson Center event on the links between maternal and child health, aid, and armed conflict.

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.

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