Maternal Health Task Force

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Quality, Equity and Dignity: A Solution for Every Woman, Every Newborn, Everywhere

All mothers deserve to be treated with Quality, Equity and Dignity. Photo: WRA India.

The government of Malawi recently hosted national and global health leaders in its capital, Lilongwe, to launch the Network for Improving the Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (the Network). The vision is an ambitious one — to halve the number of maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths in participating health facilities within five years in nine initial countries. The Network aims to build on and accelerate progress while focusing on quality, equity and dignity...read more

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Task Shifting: The Key to Increasing Access to Essential Maternal Health Services

USAID reports that there are 18 million fewer health professionals in the world than what is needed, and the largest shortages are in parts of Asia and in sub-Saharan Africa. This implies that large numbers of women do not have access to skilled health care. Task shifting can be a key strategy to minimize this gap and prevent maternal deaths due to pre-eclampsia/eclampsia...read more

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Restoring Reproductive Health Access for Millions in Boko Haram-Affected Areas

Nigeria has one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world. The risks are compounded for women and girls living through humanitarian crises, which undermine community support mechanisms and limit access to health facilities. UNFPA is working to reach people whose live has been turned upside down by the Boko Haram insurgency...read more

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A Garment Originally Made for Astronauts is Saving the Lives of New Mothers in Developing Countries

Together with Paul Hensleigh, Suellen Miller, the founder of University of California San Francisco’s Safe Motherhood Program, created a non-pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG) that applies pressure on the lower half of the body to push blood to vital organs like the lungs, heart and brain. The anti-shock garment is a first-aid measure: Strapping on LifeWrap soon after giving birth can help contain or at least slow down excess bleeding. Typically, clinicians will administer oxytocin to stop the blood loss. If the drug is not available or is ineffective, nurses and doctors can use the NASG to buy more time. The suit cut maternal mortality rates by over 50%...read more

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The Role of Measurement in Tracking Progress When Scaling Up Maternal Health Interventions

As attention in maternal health shifts to a new emphasis on ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM) and addressing inequities, the tracking of progress will remain important. A key aspect of these future efforts will require the valid measurement of not only contact with maternal and newborn health services but also coverage of key interventions that reflect the quality of services received...read more

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