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Addressing Maternal Health and Gender-Based Violence in Times of Crisis

In times of crisis, such as conflict, natural disaster, or an epidemic, critical maternal and reproductive health services often become unavailable. For pregnant women, the probability of mortality or morbidity increases; gender-based violence is more common for all, while justice is delayed or ignored; and humanitarian actors try to balance a range of immediate concerns …

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Remembering the Mother in Preterm Birth

By Katie Millar, Technical Writer, MHTF As the world recognizes World Prematurity Day today, the Maternal Health Task Force is ever mindful of the key role a woman’s and mother’s health plays in the prevention of premature birth. While improving neonatal care and promoting interventions—such as kangaroo care are important—the rising rate of preterm births …

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Achieving Better Outcomes with Maternal and Newborn Integration

By Ana Langer, Director, Maternal Health Task Force and Joy Riggs-Perla, Director, Save the Children's Saving Newborn Lives program.
When thinking about the term integration for maternal and newborn health care we need to keep our focus with the intended outcome. Our attention should be on providing equitable, high-quality care for both the mother and the newborn.

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Join us this Tuesday: Disrespect & Abuse during Childbirth Webinar

Disrespect and abuse during childbirth is not only a human rights violation, but also has significant implications for maternal and neonatal health. Join the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) this Tuesday, November 11th, from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. EST for their webinar, “Disrespect & Abuse during Childbirth: Emerging Evidence to Inform Policy …

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Over 28,000 deaths in the first day of life in Bangladesh reminds the urgency of MNH services integration

By Mohammod Shahidullah, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neonatology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University
The continuum of care has become a rallying call to reduce the maternal deaths, stillbirths, neonatal deaths, and child deaths. Continuity of care is necessary throughout the lifecycle (adolescence, pregnancy, childbirth, the postnatal period, and childhood) and also between places of caregiving (including households and communities, outpatient and outreach services, and clinical-care settings). Within the continuum, all women should have access to care during pregnancy and childbirth, and all babies should be able to grow into children who survive and thrive.

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World Health Organization Releases Guide for Convening Stakeholders

As public health professionals, we know how important it is to engage stakeholders to create sustainable change and progress for maternal and newborn health. Recognizing the power of convening stakeholders, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently published, "Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues for Women’s and Children’s Health: A Guide for Conveners and Facilitators."

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What Are Key Maternal And Newborn Areas To Address? Experiences from a Maternal and Newborn Project in Rural Uganda

By Rornald Muhumuza Kananura
In the blog—Who is to blame for the Poor Health Workers Attitudes and how can we cure This Disease by Dr. Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho—it was indicated that some women have opted to give birth at home rather than face the wrath of health workers.
This is true. Through the voices of community and health workers' voices, I will share with you maternal and newborn challenges based on the experience from the implementation of a maternal and newborn care project in rural communities of Uganda.

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Innovative Technology and Trainings Empower New Generation of Midwives

By Heather Randall, New Security Beat
Imagine you are a physician working in a rural health center in a developing country. You’re helping a woman deliver her baby, and it’s just arrived but is not breathing. Meanwhile, the mother has started to hemorrhage. You’re the only one working in the clinic that day, and many life-saving treatments need to start within one minute. You have 60 seconds to make decisions that could cost the lives of two people.

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The True Cost Of A Mother’s Death: Calculating The Toll On Children

By Emily Maistrellis, Policy Coordinator, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
Walif was only 16 and his younger sister, Nassim, just 11 when their mother died in childbirth in Butajira, Ethiopia.
Both Walif and Nassim had been promising students, especially Walif, who had hoped to score high on the national civil service exam after completing secondary school. But following the death of their mother, their father left them to go live with a second wife in the countryside. Walif dropped out of school to care for his younger siblings, as did Nassim and two other sisters, who had taken jobs as house girls in Addis Ababa and Saudi Arabia.

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Adolescent Motherhood: Challenges and Lessons Learned for SRHR Advocacy

By Cecilia Garcia Ruiz, Gender Projects Coordinator, Espolea Working on the phenomenon of adolescent and young motherhood requires a deep understanding of the various structural factors leading to early pregnancies and parenting. As my team and I have carried out our project, the first challenge we faced was the invisibility of teenage and young mothers …

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