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Maternal Health

Maternal Undernutrition: Evidence, Links, and Solutions

"Maternal undernutrition is often overlooked as a strategy for reducing poverty and as a key intervention to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity," said Mary Ellen Stanton, senior maternal health advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Expanding Access to Essential Maternal Health Commodities

"This is not just about getting quantities of drugs out, this is about saving women's lives with really simple products that work," said Julia Bunting, team leader of AIDS and reproductive health at the United K

New Applications for Existing Technologies to Improve Maternal Health

With rising use in the developing world, cell phones and mobile technologies can create "connected and coordinated health systems that save more lives," said Josh Nesbit, executive director of FrontlineSMS: Medic. Capitalizing on these new technologies could increase efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and efficacy of public health programs.

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.