Maternal Health

Improving Monitoring, Transparency, and Accountability for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

"There is a knowledge gap between global targets and locally owned goals," said Sallie Craig Huber, global lead for results management at Management Sciences for Health(MSH).

The Impact of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity on Economic Development

"Investing in women and girls is the right thing to do, it is not only fair for gender equality, but it is smart economics," said Mayra Buvinic, sector director of gender and development group at the World Bank.

Improving Transportation and Referral for Maternal Health

"Referral has been called an orphan cause," said Patricia Bailey, public health specialist for Family Health International and Columbia University, because it is "everybody's responsibility and therefore nobody's responsibility."

Family Planning in Fragile States: Overcoming Cultural and Financial Barriers

"Conflict-affected countries have some of the worst reproductive health indicators. Pregnant women may deliver on the roadside or in makeshift shelters, no longer able to access whatever delivery plans they had.

Maternal and Newborn Health as a Priority for Strengthening Health Systems

Among the many initiatives that have recently been launched to strengthen health systems in the developing world, there is little consensus on execution.

Human Resources for Maternal Health: Midwives, TBAs, and Task-Shifting

"Pregnancy is not a disease, a woman should not die of pregnancy…it doesn't need a new drug…it doesn't need research – we just need skilled workforce at different levels," argued Seble Frehywot, assistant research professor of Health Policy and Global Health at George Washington U

Integrating HIV/AIDS and Maternal Health Services

Integrating maternal health and HIV/AIDS services "includes organizing and providing services that meet several needs simultaneously…focusing not only on the condition, but also the individual," argued Dr.

Tackling the Biggest Maternal Killer: Progress and Challenges in Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage

On Friday, November 20th, 120 representatives from the maternal health community, the U.S. and around the world, gathered for an all day meeting at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to discuss the report, Tackling the Biggest Maternal Killer: How the Prevention of Postpartum Hemorrhage Initiative Strengthened Efforts Around the World.

Rebuilding Reproductive Health Systems in Post-Conflict Settings

"Seven of the thirteen lowest ranked countries in maternal mortality are countries that are affected by either conflict or instability", stated Dr. Ribka Amsalu, Emergency Health Advisor for Save the Children. The people most affected are refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), both of which have increased in number over the last decade–leading to staggeringly high mortality and morbidity rates.

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