Maternal Health

Call the Midwife: A Conversation About the Rising Global Midwifery Movement

The world is about to hit a “turning point” in maternal and newborn health, said Laura Laski, chief of the sexual and reproductive health at UNFPA, at the Wilson Center on March 23. “In terms of strengthening the new health system for achieving the MDGS or any other goals, we have to focus on the human resources for health.” In particular, midwives.

WC-15-11T Program Assistant (Maternal Health Initiative)

SALARY: WW-0303-05 $34,759 – $45,190 per annum

This position may have promotion potential to grade 7 level.

LOCATION:   WASHINGTON, D.C.

WHO MAY APPLY:  All qualified candidates may apply.

Since 2009, the Maternal Health Initiative (MHI) explores many critical and neglected maternal health issues.  MHI brings together scholars, policymakers, the media, and practitioners through events, research, publications, multimedia content (audio and video), and blog, New Security Beat.

Scaling the Mountain: Women, Health, and the Environment in Nepal

From the mountains and foothills of the Himalayas to the Terai plains, climate change is rapidly changing life in Nepal. Many communities however, are not strangers to environmental stress; for decades, rapid population growth alongside agriculture and fuelwood collection have degraded land and diminished forests.

What’s Next? Celebrating 20 Years of the Environmental Change and Security Program

Global crises like the Ebola outbreak force us to consider what “security” really means, said Sharon Burke, senior advisor for the New America Foundation. “Is security getting our kids to school and food on the table…or are you talking about military security and defense threats that require a weapon to counter?”

Event Summary: Cambio Climatico y Seguridad Alimentaria en America Central

Materials from the event, including presentations, can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

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Underage: Addressing Reproductive Health and HIV in Married Adolescents

In July, thousands of people attended the 20th International AIDS Conference and the 2014 Girls Summit to work towards an AIDS-free generation and ending child and forced marriage. But such attention is rare; by and large, these girls are invisible to development efforts.

Nutrition and the Continuum of Care: Pre-Conception to the Post-Natal Period

When Dr. Ranu Dhillon stumbled upon baby Reena during a routine visit to a clinic in India, she was almost comatose and unable to get the care she needed. Dhillon traveled with Reena and her mother from hospital to hospital, but left again and again without finding treatment.

Jane Harman on Reproductive Health

American opponents of women's rights used to argue that "biology is destiny" and that therefore women's role in the world had to be limited to bearing and raising children. Women like my mother and me who wanted more than that felt like outsiders in the 1950s and 1960s –and in too many parts of the world this is still true.

Can Social Accountability Help Ensure Rights and Better Participation in Maternal Health Services?

Over the last two decades, social accountability has emerged as a strategy to make health services more responsive to community needs.

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