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Maternal Health

Vision, Innovation, and Action to Address Child Marriage

According to the UN Population Fund, more than 140 million girls will become child brides between 2011 and 2020 – an estimated 14.2 million young girls marrying too young every year or 39,000 daily. The majority of these girls do not receive access to education or reproductive health services.

Woman-Centered Maternity Care, Family Planning, and HIV: Principles for Rights-Based Integration

Despite increases in the availability of maternal health care across Nigeria, maternal mortality rates remain high, averaging 630 per 100,000 live births in 2010, compared to the world average of 210.

World No Tobacco Day 2013

To mark World No Tobacco Day, the Woodrow Wilson Center Latin America Program in cooperation with the World Bank cohosted a high-level event featuring Dr. Tabaré Vázquez, ex-President of Uruguay, and one of the main policymakers behind Tobacco control policies in his country.  Dr. Vázquez provided an overview of Uruguay’s efforts to reduce non-communicable diseases with a special emphasis on tobacco control.

Harmony in the Forest: Improving Habitats for Species and People in East Asia

How can NGOs and civil society promote environmental protection and improve people’s health and livelihoods in remote tropical forests? Two NGOs with innovative programs in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea spoke at the Wilson Center on May 30 about their efforts to simultaneously tackle these issues and highlight their intricate relationship. 

Addressing Disrespect and Abuse During Childbirth

“Today we have a golden opportunity to use respectful maternal care to break new ground at the intersection of health and human rights,” said Lynn Freedman, director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program and professor of clinical population and family health at Columbia University, at the Wilson Center.

Roger-Mark De Souza Named Director of Population, Environmental Change, and Security

The Wilson Center today announced that noted population-environment expert Roger-Mark De Souza will join the Wilson Center as Director of Population, Environmental Change, and Security. De Souza will lead programs on reproductive and maternal health, environmental security, and livelihoods, including the Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and the Global Health Initiative. He will start on April 22, Earth Day.

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: