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10 new opportunities in maternal health

Ten more new jobs to explore as you navigate your way through a career committed to maternal health. Leadership: Chief of Party, RMNCH: Pathfinder (Nigeria) Deputy Chief of Party, RMNCH: Pathfinder (Nigeria) Monitoring and Evaluation: Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, RMNCH: Pathfinder (Nigeria) Asia Portfolio Manager-Knowledge Management, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research: EngenderHealth (India or Bangladesh) Monitoring... read more

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Misoprostol for postpartum hemorrhage: translating promise into reality

In Kenya, where I work as an advocate for women’s health and rights, women continue to die during pregnancy and childbirth at alarming rates. Approximately 25% of these deaths are due to heavy bleeding following childbirth, also known as postpartum hemorrhage or PPH. More than half of women deliver at home; that proportion can be even higher in some counties with limited infrastructure and predominantly rural populations. Even in cases where a woman arrives to a health facility in time, she can still face significant barriers to receive the care she needs... read more

Categories: Increasing Access to Maternal & Reproductive Health Supplies Series

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Managing postpartum hemorrhage at home deliveries in Chitral, Pakistan

In Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province, Pakistan, a high rate of home births translates to inadequate or nonexistent treatment for life-threatening obstetric complications, like postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). Customarily, home births are managed by a traditional birth attendant and if a complication like PPH arises, the only care available is to transfer the woman to a higher level facility or have a skilled provider called to the woman’s home to administer oxytocin as treatment. In Chitral, many villages are located far from health centers and access to care is especially difficult due to poor infrastructure and limited transport. Faced with these barriers, women who develop PPH are rarely transferred to a facility, so having treatment options available at home is critical... read more

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Spreading the message of the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights

On April 11th, the world gathered to celebrate the second annual International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. Voices of maternal health groups from around the world called for recognition and action on human rights abuses that women suffer during pregnancy, labor and the time after birth. These voices were organized by the MHTF and CHANGE into a blog carnival during the week leading up to April 11th. From health disparities in the U.S. to fighting stigma against HIV-positive women in India, 24 different blogs were shared that chronicled women's experiences and the work we have left to do as the maternal health community. We invite you to learn more about the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights and the stories of women from around the world by reading these featured blogs... read more

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Addressing disparities in the U.S. for maternal health and rights

While much global attention has focused on the 99% of maternal deaths that occur in low- and middle-income countries, the U.S. is one of the few countries where the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) has actually risen over the past decade. More troubling are the inconsistencies between ethnic and socioeconomic populations. According to Amnesty International, an African-American woman is nearly four times as likely to die as a white woman during birth... read more

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Let’s reward the use of maternal health supplies

As far as maternal health supplies go, it is easy for groups to forget the role of the three key life-saving commodities and therefore fail to prioritize their presence in health facilities 100% of the time. Arguably, services — with their immediate human element — make for better story-telling a lot of the time. And good storytelling is a mainstay of the marketing and publicity that surround award mechanisms. And by comparison, supplies often carry rather sterile connotations of warehouses, supply chains, and transportation... read more

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Reflecting on the Maternal Health Collections

In celebration of the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health collaboration we take a look back through the collections and highlight some of the most influential and interesting articles included in the collections. In November 2011, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and PLOS Medicine embarked on a 3 year partnership culminating in the launches of 3 collections focused... read more

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15 new jobs in maternal health!

We value our MHTF community and to express our thanks, we're always looking for ways to keep you engaged and moving forward in your career. Check out these 15 new positions in this week's jobs post. Hopefully you'll find something to make your next move a game changer... read more

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The Myth of the Meager Maternal Health Market

When I first entered this line of work, I often heard one thing: the maternal health market is way too small to be sustainable, much less lucrative. Naturally, one can only expect market failure for maternal health drugs and, by extension, a chronic situation of limited access to lifesaving medicines among those most in need. However, I disagree.... read more

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Brand new size at birth standards will improve neonatal health

Newborn size at birth standards are now available from the INTERGROWTH-21st project. This package includes size charts, standards and z-scores for newborn length, weight and head circumference at birth for boys and girls. The newborn size at birth standards are currently in use at Oxford. In addition, these standards are being introduced and piloted at INTERGROWTH-21st study sites and medical centers in the Boston area. We encourage all clinicians to use these standards worldwide... read more

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