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Pre-eclampsia Education for All Moms: Strategies for Improving Pregnancy Outcomes

Research strongly suggests that maternal deaths due to pre-eclampsia/eclampsia are almost entirely preventable with timely and effective care, including the administration of antihypertensive medications to control blood pressure, magnesium sulfate to prevent eclampsia (seizures), and eventual delivery of the newborn. However, a patient’s lack of understanding of the signs and symptoms of the disease can impact her likelihood of seeking timely care. Recent research from the analysis of state-level maternal mortality by the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative emphasizes that patient understanding of symptoms and the severity of the disease is crucial for improving outcomes and preventing maternal death.

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Implementing Checklists for Quality Improvement: Webinar on August 26!

WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist

Join the Ariadne Labs team for the second webinar in their interactive webinar series dedicated to sharing lessons learned in checklist implementation for quality improvement. This webinar will explore the first step of the Implementation Pathway, ‘Engage’, and lessons learned in effectively preparing to implement. It will also feature Dr. Rosemary Ogu’s experience implementing the World Health Organization (WHO) Safe Childbirth Checklist in Port Harcourt, Nigeria...read more

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Global Leaders in Maternal and Newborn Health: Dr. Hemant Shah (India)

Hemant Shah is Chief of Party, Technical Support Unit for CARE

Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop participant Dr. Hemant Shah is Chief of Party, Technical Support Unit for CARE. He previously worked as the Director of the State reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, adolescent unit in Bihar as well as a maternal health expert in the Integrated Family Health Initiative project. Dr. Shah discusses challenges in maternal newborn health in Bihar as well as how quality leadership can help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals...read more

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15 New Jobs in Maternal Newborn Health

15 new jobs in maternal newborn health

Interested in a position in maternal newborn health? Every month, the Maternal Health Task Force rounds up job and internship postings from around the globe...read more

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Strategies Toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) Under the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda

Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM)

Between 1990 and 2015, the global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) decreased by 44% under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), from 385 to 216 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Despite this progress, we fell short of the MDG target of reducing the global MMR by 70%, and perhaps more importantly, huge inequalities persist both within and among countries. For example, as an aggregate figure, sub-Saharan Africa has by far the highest MMR at 546 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births while the average MMR in developed regions is just 12 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. The devastating consequences of maternal deaths extend not just to families but entire communities...read more

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After Women Deliver, What’s Next for Women and Girls?

Women Deliver conference 2016. Copenhagen, Denmark

The once-every-three-years Women Deliver conference has become a major coalescing force for various global health and development efforts aimed at women and girls. “We operate at a global level, influencing the agenda” by focusing on the “four Cs”: convening, communicating, capacity-building and catalyzing, said Susan Papp, director of policy and advocacy for Women Deliver. Last month, Papp was joined by experts at the Wilson Center to discuss the takeaways for the health, rights and wellbeing of women and girls from this spring’s conference in Copenhagen, the largest yet...read more

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A Call to Action to Address Iatrogenic Fistula: Webinar on 17 August!

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Evidence is emerging that iatrogenic causes contribute significantly to the burden of genital fistula in low-income countries. Given the preventability and severity of fistula, data on iatrogenic fistula indicate the urgency of improving surgical training, supervision, and facility capacity, particularly amid increasing rates of cesarean section and gynecologic surgery in low-income countries. Join EngenderHealth for a webinar and discussion on iatrogenic fistula on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 9:30am Eastern Daylight Time...read more

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The Current State of Pre-eclampsia/Eclampsia Prevention and Treatment

In Kenya and Nigeria, hypertensive disorders such as pre-eclampsia/eclampsia are the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths. In Bangladesh, Pakistan and Ethiopia, hypertensive disorders are among the top three causes. But despite the high fatality rate, deaths from pre-eclampsia/eclampsia are entirely preventable. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment are crucial for preventing mortality due to pre-eclampsia/eclampsia...read more

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