Developing a Measurement Framework for Social, Political and Economic Determinants of Maternal Health

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A new paper in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth presents the results of the second phase of a collaborative process to develop a comprehensive monitoring framework for the “Strategies towards ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM)” (EPMM Strategies report). This framework presents a set of indicators for measuring progress towards ending preventable maternal mortality by addressing the distal determinants of maternal health and survival…read more

Voice and Choice of Mothers: Health Decision-Making Dynamics Among Women in Urban India

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By: Lily W. Lee, President, ALMATA, Division of Avegen Pte Ltd.; Mark Allen, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Merck for Mothers; Sumiti Saharan, Design and Research Director, Avegen Pte Ltd.

What are women’s roles in the maternal health care decision-making process in settings like India? Are women’s voices heard by their family members and caregivers? How can women be empowered in maternal health care? To answer these questions, the ALMATA team conducted baseline research and surveyed 500 women from New Delhi and Mumbai, India…read more

New Report by the World Health Organization and Partners Calls Attention to Quality of Maternal Health Care

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By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

A new joint report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank explores how low quality care compromises health outcomes around the world—especially in low- and middle income countries. The report shines a spotlight on quality of maternal health care…read more

New Drug Shows Promise in Preventing One of the Most Common Causes of Maternal Death

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By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

A large randomized trial conducted by the World Health Organization has found that heat-stable carbetocin is as safe and effective as oxytocin in preventing postpartum hemorrhage—excessive bleeding after childbirth and one of the leading causes of global maternal deaths…read more