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The MHTF celebrates International Women’s Day!

This year, International Women's Day is inspiring action with the theme "Make it Happen"! Every day on March 8th, organizations and people around the world turn their thoughts and efforts to women as we celebrate their strength and power and work to address the disparities and challenges they still face. In commemoration of this day, the MHTF wants to share with you, our maternal health community, resources that will help us reflect on the tremendous impact women have on shaping health and society... read more

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Professional development opportunities in global health

The Maternal Health Task Force works to build a strong maternal health community. That strength starts with you! Here are a few opportunities that you may find helpful in your career: 1) Global Public Health Course, 2) Because Tomorrow Needs Her (Webcast) and 3) Putting Mothers and Babies First: Benefits Across a Lifetime (Webcast)... read more

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How to improve respectful maternity care through community engagement

In 2014 it was estimated that only 15% of Ethiopian women deliver in a health facility. In order to engage the community in improving the quality of healthcare, participatory community quality improvement (PCQI) was implemented. As facility delivery was discussed in PCQI meetings, it became clear that quality of care was a significant concern in the community. Women said that they felt they were not treated respectfully when they went to health facilities; though at home, traditional birth attendants — who know the community and its culture — treated them much better. Of course, the health outcomes are worse when women deliver at home, especially when women require emergency obstetric care. Our goal, in collaboration with the government, is to increase the number of women delivering with trained health care workers in facilities... read more

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As humanitarian crises multiply, maternal health and safety of women becoming a focus

Accessing maternal health care is already a challenge in many countries, and when conflict erupts or a disaster strikes, it can get even worse, leaving millions of women on their own while at their most vulnerable, said Ugochi Daniels, chief of humanitarian response for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Women and girls also become more vulnerable to violence during times of crisis, she said, by virtue of nothing but their gender. Daniels and other experts discussed efforts by humanitarian agencies to better address maternal health and gender-based violence in crisis settings at the Wilson Center on November 20, supported by the Maternal Health Task Force and UNFPA... read more

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Margaret Kruk joins the MHTF: Strengthening health systems for women

I sat down with Margaret Kruk, who recently joined our team at the MHTF, to talk about her career, how health systems can better serve women, the power of social media, and her hopes for the future... read more

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Critical next steps for the maternal health community

As we reflect on lessons learned from the MDGs and set strategies for improving global maternal health, it’s time to identify what has worked and what more is needed to not only avert preventable maternal deaths, but also provide quality health care for every woman. In a paper published today, Tamil Kendall, a post-doctoral fellow of the Maternal Health Task Force, summarizes priorities for maternal health research in low- and middle-income countries based on three broad questions she asked 26 maternal health researchers from five continents... read more

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New jobs in maternal health

Every other Friday we bring to you some of the latest job openings in maternal and reproductive health from various geographies. Check out the latest postings below: Consultancy Developing a concept to realize the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP): EHN (Fiji) Research Research Officer, Reproductive Health – Sayana Press Project: PATH (Seattle, Washington, USA) Mary Jane Leader... read more

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Emerging Priorities for Maternal Health in Nigeria: Surveying the Field

By Katrina Braxton, Program Assistant, The Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative “Nigeria’s population is only two percent of the world population, but we contribute about 10 percent of the maternal mortality,” said Oladosu Ojengbede, professor and director of the University of Ibadan’s Center for Population and Reproductive Health. [Video Below] Despite efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goal... read more

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HIV health services associated with better prenatal and postnatal care for all women

Investment in HIV services may improve quality of prenatal and postnatal care. At the facility level, the mere presence of HIV treatment services was associated with higher quality prenatal and postnatal care, shows a new study in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers from Columbia University, the CDC and Kenyan public health institutions, analyzed data from 560 hospitals and clinics in Kenya, a country with a high maternal mortality ratio, to compare the quality of prenatal, postnatal, and delivery services in facilities that had HIV treatment services and those that did not. The researchers found that the existence of PMTCT and ART treatment programs was associated with significantly increased quality in prenatal and postnatal care, irrespective of HIV status. However, quality of delivery care was similar across the two settings... read more

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Join the live webcast for Putting Mothers and Babies First

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 12:30-1:30pm EST The Leadership Studio, 10th Floor Kresge Building, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston Join us with The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for Putting Mothers and Babies First: Benefits across a lifetime – a panel discussion presented in collaboration with The GroundTruth Project and GlobalPost. One of the smartest... read more

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