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Maternal Health Challenges in Kenya: What New Research Evidence Shows

“Although there have been improvements in the recent past, the status of maternal health care has not met the required international standards,” said Professor at the University of Nairobi Geoffrey Mumia Osaaji during a live video-conference from Nairobi on July 12. As part of the 2011 Maternal Health Dialogue Series the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative is partnering with the African Population and Health Research Center to convene a series of technical meetings on improving maternal health in Kenya.

Accessing Maternal Health Care Services in Urban Slums: What Do We Know?

"Addressing the needs of urban areas is critical for achievement of maternal health goals," said John Townsend, vice president of the Reproductive Health Program at the Population Council. "Just because there is a greater density of health services does not mean that there is greater access."

Innovations From Development to Delivery: Working With the Private Sector to Improve Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition

"Challenging and dynamic partnerships [with the private sector] are difficult to pull together, but when you look at sustainability, impact, and effectiveness, they can also be great levers of change," said Kari Stoever, senior advisor for global advocacy at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

Reality Check: Challenges and Innovations in Addressing Postpartum Hemorrhage

Heavy bleeding after childbirth, also known as postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), is one of the leading causes of maternal deaths worldwide.

Reporting on Global Health: A Conversation With the International Reporting Project Fellows

"The story is the story, the information is the information, but you can frame it in very different ways," said freelance journalist Annie Murphy at a roundtable discussion on the current state of global health reporting.

Designing Health and Population Programs to Improve Equity: Moving Beyond the Rhetoric

"There needs to be ongoing flexibility and creativity in our ways of approaching health equity," said John Borrazzo of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) at a recent Global Health Initiative event at the Wilson Center. Borrazzo is the chief of the Maternal and Child Health Division in the Bureau for Global Health.

Carrying Capacity: Should We Be Aiming to Survive or Flourish?

"In the eyes of many governments, population has, as we all know, been a rather uncomfortable topic for a number of years," said Nobel Laureate Sir John Sulston, FRS, chair of the Institute for Science, Ethics, and Innovation at the University of Manchester and chair of the Royal Society's "People and the Planet" working group.

Maintaining the Momentum: Highlights From the Uganda International Conference on Family Planning

"Family planning is to maternal survival what a vaccination is to child survival," said Johns Hopkins professor Amy Tsui, quoting Khama Rogo of the World Bank, at the Woodrow Wilson Center event Maintaining the Momentum: Highlights From the Uganda International Conference on Family Planning on March 16.

Strengthening Health Systems To Reach the Poor

"The health sector is part of the reason why there are health inequalities," said Cesar Victora, an emeritus professor of epidemiology at the Federal University of Pelotas, at "Strengthening Health Systems To Reach the Poor," an Environmental Change and Security Program event co-sponsored with the Global Health Initiative on July 15, 2008.