Tag: Maternal Health

Aug 17

The Hidden Cost of Free Healthcare

Over the past few years, there has been a trend towards free or subsidized health care for certain groups in several West African countries. To me, this always appeared to be a positive change. Wouldn’t free health care mean more people receive the treatment they previously couldn’t afford? However, as more evaluations are conducted and …

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Aug 03

Free Contraception for All

World Breastfeeding Week was kicked off Monday with the passing of a historical extension of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Obama Administration.  The guidelines of this heavily-debated policy expands on last year’s passed reforms in healthcare regarding free-of-charge preventative services such as …

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Jul 20

Evaluating Conditional Cash Transfers

If you’ve been following the trends in global health care interventions, then you’ve probably heard of something called Conditional Cash Transfers or CCTs. CCTs provide low-income individuals or families with monetary support on the “condition” that they follow certain behavioral requirements. Many of the CCT programs have been centered on education or nutrition. The idea …

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Jul 04

A Closer Look at the MDGs

In September 2000, the United Nations established eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in hopes of improving social and economic conditions in the world’s poorest countries. The MDGs have caused governments around the world to rally together in a global partnership to make significant progress in some of the most challenging areas in the developing world. The …

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Jun 22

Free Healthcare in Sierra Leone

In April 2010, Sierra Leone introduced free healthcare for pregnant and lactating women, as well as children under five. Having some of the worst conditions for infant and maternal health, Sierra Leone was in desperate need of healthcare reform. At the time the initiative was introduced, one in eight women died during childbirth, and one …

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Jun 08

In Support of Breastfeeding

Researchers have found that an early initiation of breastfeeding, or starting breastfeeding within an hour of birth, has the ability to reduce neonatal deaths by 20%. Early and exclusive breastfeeding ensures that an infant is able to receive the proper nutrients and immune system support in the first months of life, providing the optimal combination …

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Jun 06

Pro-Woman or Pro-Disability?

When I was a freshman in high school, I had a tense conversation with my biology teacher that has always stuck with me. As a class, we had been learning the basics of genetics, and examining some of the ethical issues surrounding prenatal screening for congenital disorders. Our teacher was an enthusiastic supporter of screening, …

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May 28

Unlock the Forgotten

A few months ago, CNN journalists David McKenzie and David Formanek covered the horrific conditions that mental patients in an asylum in Mathari, Kenya face in their documentary “Locked Up and Forgotten.” At Mathari Hospital, patients are injected by tranquilizers, raped by other patients, and locked inside the hospital. They consider themselves to be inmates …

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May 25

Treating Malaria During Pregnancy

More than 45 million women become pregnant in malaria endemic regions each year, with 30 million of those women concentrated within the African continent. Malaria is a particular concern for pregnant women due to the increased health risks associated with developing the disease. During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system is weakened, making her more susceptible …

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May 04

What About Mental Health?

When we think about reducing infant and maternal mortality, it’s easy to overlook a key factor: mental health. Improving mental health treatment isn’t part of the Millennium Development Goals. However, some argue it should be, for the simple reason that mental health is linked with the outcomes and achievement of the MDGs. For maternal health, …

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