Mother’s Day 2012 provides a good occasion to celebrate accomplishments in the field over the past year. The Maternal Health Task Force shares ten exciting developments.
- The State of the World’s Midwives report provided the first comprehensive analysis of midwifery services in countries where the needs are greatest.
- The MHTF & PLoS launched an open-access collection on quality of maternal health care.
- UNICEF & UNFPA launched the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, to increase access to maternal, child, and newborn health commodities.
- Joyce Banda, an advocate for women’s health & rights, became Malawi’s first female president.
- The White Ribbon Alliance, along with many partners, developed the Respectful Maternity Care Charter: The Universal Rights of Childbearing Women.
- Direct Relief International, Fistula Foundation, & UNFPA partnered to develop the first-ever Global Fistula Map, outlining the global landscape of the issue.
- The first-ever estimates of preterm birth rates by country were published in a new report, Born Too Soon: A Global Action Report on Preterm Birth.
- Save the Children’s 13th State of the World’s Mothers report focused on nutrition during the period from pregnancy through the child’s 2nd birthday, the first 1,000 days
- The World Health Organization added Misoprostol to the List of Essential Medicines, a critical step toward preventing post-partum hemorrhage.
- Melinda Gates announced plans to help raise $4 billion to dramatically increase access to family planning around the world by 2020.
Please add to the list in the comments!