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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.

Scaling Up Midwives and Traditional Birth Attendants To Reduce Maternal Mortality: Recommendations For Policymakers & Program Managers

"We know how to save women's lives, we don't need a cure. This is not a technical problem, this is not an economic problem, this is a political problem, and political will is essential," argued Theresa Shaver, Director of White Ribbon Alliance, on December 17, 2008, at a Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars conference.

Film Screening and Reception: A Walk to Beautiful

On May 15, 2008, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a screening of A Walk to Beautiful, an award-winning documentary about five Ethiopian women who suffer from obstetric fistula and seek treatment at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. Obstetric fistula, a vaginal tear that occurs during prolonged and obstructed labor, causes incontinence and often social stigmatization.

U.S. Launch: Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition

The health effects of undernutrition are responsible for more than one-third of childhood deaths and 11 percent of the world's disease burden. This was one of the findings presented at the U.S. launch of The Lancet's new series on maternal and child undernutrition, hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center on January 16, 2008.

Health, Population, and Nutrition in India: Key Findings from the 2005-06 National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3)

On November 5, 2007, the Wilson Center hosted the U.S. launch of India's much-anticipated third National Family Household Survey (NFHS-3). The household survey contains data collected from 200,000 individuals, across population groups throughout India, and provides information about vital health and welfare indicators.

Governance and Corruption in Public Health Care Systems

In many developing countries, health care systems are marred by poor governance. Yet, governance is not typically addressed in the health sector, said Maureen Lewis, non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development, at an event sponsored by the Global Health Initiative on June 14, 2006.

Launch of the Afghan Family Health Book

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