Maternal Health Publications
In many developed countries, population decline poses economic and social strains and may even threaten national security. Through case studies of Sweden, France, Italy, Japan, and Singapore, The Other Population Crisis explores national efforts to promote births and the significant government role in stopping declines in birth rates.
The Woodrow Wilson Center’s 2012-2013 Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series brought together experts who work in maternal health, health systems strengthening, and the donor and policymaking communities to leverage participants’ collective knowledge and identify common strategies or priorities that might be adapted across settings to prevent pregnancy-related deaths and complications. Delivering Success: Scaling Up Solutions for Maternal Health captures, analyzes, and synthesizes the strategies and recommendations that emerged from this series.
On May 1, 2013, the Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity (Leadership Project) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) sought to highlight some of the exciting developments by women and youth in Africa utilizing technology and social innovations to tackle every day issues. In collaboration with several other Wilson Center programs and the Kenyan-based African Technology Policy Studies Network, The Africa Program and Leadership Project hosted an international conference titled, “African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation.”
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #236, 1990. PDF 47 pages.
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.
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.
Africa on the Move!: The Role of Political Will and Community in Improving Access to Family Planning in AfricaJun 07, 2012
This paper presents a compelling study that examines factors which have propelled the change in attitudes of political leaders to champion family planning in Africa.
A new survey finds that Afghanistan and Pakistan are on surprisingly similar demographic paths. Demographer Elizabeth Leahy Madsen says this is good news for Afghanistan, but not for Pakistan, where efforts to meet family planning needs have fallen short.
In research conducted for the World Bank, Thomas Merrick and Margaret E. Greene found that poor reproductive health outcomes have negative effects on overall health, and, in some cases, on education and household well-being.
Issue 10: Appreciating the Complexity and Dignity of People's Lives: Integrating Population-Health-Environment Research in Peten, GuatemalaJul 07, 2011
From 1997-1999, a team of researchers developed a new environmental module for Guatemala's Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) that analyzed the rapidly changing population-environment dynamics in the Petén frontier region.