Maternal Health

What Next? Putting The Lancet Maternal Health Series Into Action

Between 1990 and 2015, there was an incredible 44 percent decrease in global maternal mortality rates. But these impressive gains still fell short of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing the global maternal mortality ratio by three quarters.

After Copenhagen, What Next for Women and Girls?

The once-every-three-years Women Deliver conference has become a major coalescing force for various global health and development efforts aimed at women and girls. “We operate at a global level, influencing the agenda” by focusing on the “four Cs”: convening, communicating, capacity-building, and catalyzing, said Susan Papp, director of policy and advocacy for Women Deliver.

Fertility Rates and the Demographic Dividend

Countries that achieve sustainable fertility rates are positioned to reap the benefits of a “demographic dividend.” Southern Voices Network Scholar Eunice Mueni Williams explains the goal and how it relates to economic development in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.



HoPE for Sustainable Development: Development Results from Integration in East Africa

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious framework for reducing poverty and improving the lives of billions of people. They were agreed to last year by governments at the United Nations and cover developing and developed countries alike. But how will governments, NGOs, and other organizations go about actually accomplishing them over the next 15 years?

Zika is Here: Is the US Ready?

Summer is upon us, and with it comes the onslaught of mosquito season. This year the ubiquitous pests represent more than a minor annoyance thanks to the Zika virus. What can and can’t be done to stop the public health threat posed by the virus? The Zika virus is here. Is the US ready?
Speakers (listed in order of appearance)
Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, Wilson Center
Jason Beaubien, Global Health and Development Correspondent, National Public Radio

A Good Diagnosis for Afghanistan: Strengthening The Health Sector

Afghanistan recently completed its first-ever Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), the international “gold standard” assessment tool used by over 90 countries to evaluate a population’s health and disseminate nationally representative data on fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, gender, HIV/AIDs, and nutrition. This event will discuss key findings from the USAID-funded survey, review the current state of health in Afghanistan, and introduce the Ministry of Public Health’s vision for the future as described in the draft National Health Strategy 2016-2020.

Zika in the U.S: Can We Manage the Risk?

While no local transmissions of Zika have occurred to date in the continental United States, more than 500 travel-based cases have been officially diagnosed so far and a fetus in Puerto Rico was diagnosed with Zika and microcephaly this month. Health officials believe the actual number of cases in the United States may be much higher, however, into the many thousands, as 80 percent of Zika infections present no symptoms.

Public health officials warn the virus poses an imminent threat and they may only be a few steps closer to understanding the full spectrum of risks.

After Mexico City and Before Copenhagen: Keeping Our Promise to Mothers and Newborns

Last October, on the heels of the UN General Assembly agreeing to the Sustainable Development Goals, the global health community met in Mexico City to discuss strategy for achieving the “grand convergence”: finally bridging the gap between maternal and newborn health in rich and poor countries.

How Zika Is Shaping the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Agenda

“The Zika outbreak is a result of something; it is the result of the lost attention to sexual and reproductive health issues as a human right and women as subjects of rights,” said Jaime Nadal Roig, the United Nations Population Fund representative to Brazil, at the Wilson Center on April 12.

Can Genetic Engineering Stop the Zika Virus?

As concerns over the Zika virus grow, health officials are considering a combination of traditional and experimental measures to address the threat.  Eleonore Pauwels, a senior program associate with the Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program, describes the knowns and unknowns surrounding the virus. From citizen science to genetic engineering, she sorts through options available to those on the front lines of efforts to stop the spread. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.