On 2 November 2017, Katja Iversen joined the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) for a panel discussion about noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and maternal health. Later, she sat down with the MHTF’s Sarah Hodin to talk more about the issues she raised during the event.
Over the past few decades, cesarean section rates have increased dramatically in virtually every part of the world—including in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). As global cesarean rates rise, more and more women in LMICs will be faced with a dilemma: “Do I attempt a VBAC or choose a repeat cesarean?” Weighing the risks and benefits of these choices becomes even more complicated in health facilities that do not meet basic requirements for safe surgery…read more
The World Health Organization, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health recently released an evidence map of social, behavioral and community engagement interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. The report was accompanied by an interactive online tool illustrating the impact of several types of interventions on different outcomes…read more
Reducing HIV and AIDS-related stigma and gender discrimination, increasing family and social support for HIV-positive women during and after pregnancy and mobilizing communities to promote respectful, high quality, integrated HIV and maternal newborn health services are promising strategies for preventing maternal deaths caused by HIV and AIDS…read more
Prematurity is the leading underlying cause of death in children under five years, with over one million babies dying each year worldwide due to complications of preterm birth. For those who survive, the consequences of being born too soon can continue throughout the life course, impacting individuals, families and communities…read more
Distance to a health facility has long been discussed as a key barrier to maternal health care utilization in rural areas, and researchers have explored innovative models for improving access. One of these models is the use of maternity waiting homes, residential facilities located near a maternity clinic where pregnant women—often those at high risk of developing obstetric complications—can go during their third trimester and await labor and delivery…read more
While the volume of cesarean sections in low- and middle-income countries has increased steadily in recent years, many of these procedures are being provided in settings that do not meet minimum standards of safety and quality. On Thursday, 9 November at 9:30AM ET, the Fistula Care Plus Project will be hosting a webinar titled, “Cesarean Section Safety and Quality in Low-Resource Settings: Highlights from a Global Technical Consultation”…read more