Maternal Health

The Impact of Violence Against Women on Maternal Health

Physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a spouse or partner is a major factor in maternal and reproductive health, said Jay Silverman at the Wilson Center.

Healthy People, Healthy Environment: Integrated Development in Tanzania

On this episode of Dialogue at the Wilson Center we meet with two filmmakers whose new short feature entitled Healthy People, Healthy Environment: Integrated Development in Tanzania, premieres this month at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.  Sean Peoples is a program associate and multi-media editor with the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and the Global Sustainability and Resilience Program.

Environmental Film Festival: PHE in Tanzania & International Peace Parks

Environmental security and international development aren’t typical movie-going fare, but at the 2013 DC Environmental Film Festival, ECSP premiered two short documentaries with unique environmental stories: Healthy People, Healthy Environment: Integrated Development in Tanzania shows how improving health services and environmental conservation can empower coastal communities in Africa; and Transcending Boundaries:

Maternal Health in India: Emerging Priorities (New Delhi, Boston, Washington, DC)

Maternal mortality causes 56,000 deaths every year in India, accounting for 20 percent of maternal deaths around the world, said John Townsend, vice president and director of the Population Council’s reproductive health program. It is a key battleground for maternal health advocates.

Mycotoxins: Triple Threat to African Development

Mycotoxins are increasingly recognized as a major threat to economic, social and human progress, especially in the developing world.  The event featured experts from the rapidly growing community of practice on mycotoxins, as well as development officials and representatives of private firms, to discuss growing evidence of the impacts on African agriculture, health and trade as well as emerging methods for mitigating the risks. Progress under the Program for Aflatoxin Control in Africa was featured.

Delivering Solutions to Improve Maternal Health and Increase Access to Family Planning

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 800 women die daily from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths occur in developing countries, with higher rates for women living in rural areas and among poorer communities.

Several factors greatly limit women’s access to the quality health services they need to protect them from maternal illness and death. The good news is that we already know how to reduce maternal mortality. Skilled care before, during, and after childbirth can save the lives of women and babies.

Seven Ways 7 Billion People Affect the Environment and Security

Today’s population of 7 billion people has a significant impact on the planet’s natural resources and on global security. Seven critical challenges—security, climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and future population growth—are affected by population dynamics in complex ways that demand holistic solutions. One effective and relatively inexpensive way to meet these challenges is to empower women by improving their access to education and health care, including family planning.

Setting Development Goals for Population Dynamics and Reproductive Rights

“I’d like to start by stating emphatically that since addressing global inequality and inequity are our overall principles in revising the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals], we must focus on health inequities to have a meaningful and lasting impact on human development,” said Beth Schlachter of the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, speaking at the Wilson Center on

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