Maternal Health

Africa on the Move!: The Role of Political Will and Community in Improving Access to Family Planning in Africa

This paper presents a compelling study that examines factors which have propelled the change in attitudes of political leaders to champion family planning in Africa. The research will draw from three case studies that have registered remarkable increases in contraceptive use over the last decade or so – Ethiopa, Malawi, and Rwanda. It will also assess how such political will has manifested in different contexts, and explore how political will affects the policy and program environment.

Family Planning and Results-Based Financing Initiatives: Opportunities and Challenges

“Family planning means healthier moms and kids – and it's good for development too,” said Lindsay Morgan, a senior health analyst at Broad Branch Associates, a healthcare advocacy group. But any number of hurdles can keep women from accessing family planning services.

Afghanistan, Against the Odds: A Demographic Surprise

Afghanistan’s first-ever nationally representative survey of demographic and health issues finds that Afghan women have an average of five children each, lower than most experts had anticipated. Their rate of modern contraceptive use is just slightly below that of women in neighboring Pakistan, where the fertility rate is 4.1 children per woman.

The 3rd Conference: Africa: 54 Countries, One Union

PLEASE BE ADVISED THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN ADDIS ABABA AND NOT AT THE WILSON CENTER.

Organized by:

Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center;  School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University;  Foundation for World Wide Cooperation

In collaboration with: 

Learning From Success: Ministers of Health Discuss Accelerating Progress in Maternal Survival

“The gains we have made [in reducing maternal mortality rates] are remarkable; however, gains are fragile and donor resources are declining. Substantial investments must be maintained to safeguard these hard-wins,” said Afghanistan Minister of Health Suraya Dail on April 23.

Internships with the Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program is seeking interns to:

  • Write for our award-winning blog, New Security Beat
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Addressing the Evolving Needs of Haiti’s Women and Children Two Years After the Earthquake

Please join the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Global Health Council, Management Sciences for Health, Population Services International, and United Nations Population Fund for an event in commemoration of the two year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti.

This event will be aimed at highlighting the progress in health for women and children in Haiti since the disaster occurred and communicate how Haitian and U.S. governments, multilateral organizations, and civil society are continuing to work together to build a healthier future for women and children.

Putting Adolescent Mothers on the Development Agenda

Each year, 350,000 women die of pregnancy-related causes and 25 percent of these women are between the ages of 15 and 19. Most of these young girls live in less developed countries, and, although significant strides have been made by donors and governments to address overall maternal health, adolescent girls are often left off the development agenda. This discussion will highlight the need for repositioning reproductive and maternal health services and identify strategies to protect youth.

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