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Maternal Health

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.

Delivering Solutions: Advancing Dialogue To Improve Maternal Health (Report Launch)

“Throughout the 2009-2011 Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health lecture series, we always heard the same good news: we know how to save the lives of women and girls.

Engaging Faith-Based Organizations in the Response to Maternal Mortality

“Faith-inspired organizations have many different opportunities [than non-faith-based NGOs]. The point that is often reiterated is that religions are sustainable. They will be there before the NGOs get there and will be there long after,” said Katherine Marshall, executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue at the Wilson Center on November 16. Marshall noted in her opening remarks that maternal health should be an easy issue for all groups, regardless of religious tradition, to stand behind.

Improving Maternal Health: A Conversation with Kenyan Field Workers and Policymakers

“The traditional strategies for improving the health system include the horizontal approach, which prioritizes non-communicable diseases, and the vertical approach which prioritizes communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS,” said John Townsend, vice president of reproductive health programs at Population Council, during a webcast discussion between the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, and maternal health experts in Nairobi, Kenya.

Strengthening the Voices of Women Champions for Family Planning and Reproductive Health

“The health, security, and well-being of families depend importantly on the health of women,” said Carol Peasley, president and CEO of the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA). “When women have the ability to voluntarily space and limit the number of children they have, maternal and newborn child deaths decrease, as do abortions and abortion-related injuries,” she continued.

Silent Suffering: Maternal Morbidities in Developing Countries

Maternal morbidities – illnesses and injuries that do not kill but nevertheless seriously affect a woman’s health – are a critical, yet frequently neglected, dimension of safe motherhood.