Maternal Health Task Force

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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A Garment Originally Made for Astronauts is Saving the Lives of New Mothers in Developing Countries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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Implementing Checklists for Quality Improvement: Webinar on December 15!

WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist

Join the Ariadne Labs team on December 15 for 'Implementing Checklists for Quality Improvement: Best Practices Along the Implementation Pathway – “Coaching,"' the fourth webinar in their interactive webinar series dedicated to sharing lessons learned in checklist implementation for quality improvement...read more

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Communities Demanding Quality Maternity Care

George Nkhoma is a midwife in Malawi. Growing up without a mother - because she died while giving birth to him - has made George passionate about the state of maternal and newborn care in the country. The zealous midwife is now an advocate for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) for White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) in Malawi, and his community recognizes him as being exemplary in his work as he is very helpful and, unlike other midwives, treats them with respect. But George is often seen as the exception...read more

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In Tanzania, Linking Underserved Communities to Care is Saving Women and Babies

Zacharia Mlacha/Jhpiego

In Tanzania, about one-third of the estimated 45,000 annual newborn deaths are due to complications related to prematurity and low birth weight. Teaching women and families about low-cost, highly effective methods for preterm and low-birth weight babies, such as Kangaroo Mother Care, can help end preventable newborn deaths...read more

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Advocacy Success Story: Kenya Approves Misoprostol for PPH

For the first time, the Kenya Essential Medicines List 2016 included misoprostol in the oxytocics section, indicating its use for the prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage, excessive bleeding after childbirth and a leading cause of maternal death...read more

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