Mapping Momentum for Maternal Health
Written by: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver
From Dar es Salaam to Detroit and everywhere in between, grassroots organizations are working tirelessly to promote maternal health in their countries and communities. The past year has been an inspiring and invigorating one for the global maternal health community. The UN Secretary General launched the Global Strategy for Girls and Women, providing this issue with a pivotal platform to bring about sustainable progress. The leaders of G8 countries pledged $5 billion to maternal, newborn and child health, and the African Union renewed the Maputo Plan of Action. Yet much of the action to save lives takes place on a smaller, and virtually unnoticed, scale. For this reason, Women Deliver and the Maternal Health Task Force have worked to map maternal health NGOs around the world in order to promote visibility, partnerships and networking.
We just wrapped up our recent round of mapping, and as of now we have mapped a total of 1,490 organizations from the following countries:
- The Philippines
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- Middle East and North Africa
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- Burkina Faso
- the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Europe/North America/Oceania
- United States
- United Kingdom
Thanks to all the NGOs who have participated. If you work in one of the countries listed above and don’t see your NGO listed, please register on the MHTF website and enter your information. If you don’t see your country listed, we hope to be mapping it soon! We have a lot of work to do to reach MDG 5 by 2015. By working together to share our stories, our successes and our failures, we can make girls and women’s survival not just a dream, but a reality.