Tag: Maternal Health

Mar 12

Schools for Husbands? Women Deliver’s Top 50

In honor of International Women’s Day, Women Deliver has unveiled their picks for the top fifty innovations and ideas that are redefining how we address issues within women’s right and maternal health. Their list includes advocacy campaigns, health interventions, education initiatives, empowerment programs, and new technologies. The list is by no means exhaustive, but it does …

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Feb 17

Rape: A Weapon of Choice in War

Mathilde, a mother of six, lived a quiet life in her village in Rwanda. One day as she went to the field towards her crops, she saw two men approach her. She ran when she recognized that they were wearing the insignia of the FDLR, a militia group, on their clothing. As she fled, she …

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Feb 13

Involving Men in PMTCT

One of the most important steps in creating an AIDS-free generation is the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, referred to as PMTCT. Mother-to-child transmission of HIV can occur during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding. Without the proper treatment, about 15 to 30 percent of infants may become infected during pregnancy or labor, and 5 to …

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Feb 10

The Need for Planned Parenthood’s Crucial Services

In wake of last week’s decision – and subsequent reversal of that decision – by Susan G. Komen For the Cure to end grant funding to Planned Parenthood Federation’s (PPFA) cancer screening initiatives, I thought it would be interesting to explain in detail the work that is carried out by Planned Parenthood Federation.  You may …

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Feb 06

Redefining Safe Motherhood

What does the concept of “safe motherhood” actually mean? For many organizations and countries, safe motherhood refers to physical safety- ensuring that both mother and infant survive the pregnancy and delivery. However, as we move towards a more human rights- based understanding of maternal health, the concept of safe motherhood is expandedpast the basic health …

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Jan 30

Improving Free Health Care

After nine months of providing free health care for all, Côte d’Ivoire has recently announced the end of their trial program.  It was an expensive experiment, costing a belabored government the equivalent $60 million dollars. More importantly, the program itself was deeply flawed. While in theory free healthcare should allow more individuals to access professional …

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Jan 16

Integrating Health and Culture in Peru

            In August 2011, maternal health was confirmed as a human right by the UN CEDAW. According to their historic ruling, governments have a human rights obligation to ensure that all women are able to access timely, appropriate, and non-discriminatory maternal health care. For maternal health advocates, this ruling gave voice …

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Jan 12

The Ways Economic Inequality is Making Us Sick

Last week I was on my way to a meeting while listening to my favorite show on public radio. I arrived at my location, parked and just as I was going to get out of the car, I heard the commentator discuss how economic inequality was making the world sick. I didn’t have time to …

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Oct 24

Keeping It Simple

I’m always excited by new technological interventions for maternal and infant health. There’s no doubt that mobile phones, clever medical devices and other new inventions have changed the way we approach global health. However, with such a huge field of technology to choose from, it’s easy to forget that sometimes, the best interventions may also …

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Sep 15

Innovations in Maternal and Infant Health

A new report from the U.N.’s Every Woman, Every Child Innovation Working Group suggests it is time to change the way we approach maternal and infant mortality. Rather than emphasizing continual donor support and development aid, the interventions described in this report focus on self-sustainability, low cost technology, and private-public partnerships. The key is moving …

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