Every 11 Minutes: Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy Are Deadly (and Have Long-Term Consequences for Mothers and Children)

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By: Rebecca Lorenzen, Wilson Center

“Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy are responsible for over 76,000 maternal deaths globally, killing a woman every 11 minutes,” said Charlotte Warren, Senior Associate at the Population Council, at a recent Wilson Center event about non-communicable diseases in pregnancy, held on World Preeclampsia Day.  

Pregnancy Clubs: Group Antenatal Care in Uganda and Kenya

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By: Shafia Rashid, Senior Technical Advisor, Family Care International (FCI) Program of Management Sciences for Health

Beginning in 2016, Management Sciences for Health began testing the group antenatal care (ANC) model, called Pregnancy Clubs, in eastern Uganda; and later in 2017, the model was adapted for western Kenya. The ANC service design reflects many elements of the “generic model” put forward by J. Sharma et al…read more

Why Community Health Workers Can Lead to More Respectful Care for Women and Girls

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By: Amy Dempsey, Knowledge Translation and Advocacy Manager, Maternal and Newborn Health, Population Council

While many research and program initiatives focus on new innovations for advancing improvements in maternal and newborn health, the truth is that even today, basic access to health services can save lives and reduce mortality and morbidity in women and children. This is where community health workers come in…read more

Insight Into Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe

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By: Adya Misra, Associate Editor, PLOS ONE

Recent research published in PLOS ONE focuses on non-communicable illness during pregnancy and its impact on women and their children. Read highlights from the latest collection in partnership with the Maternal Health Task Force, “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe”……read more

Strengthening Health Systems Improves Health Care for Women, Children and Youth

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By: Yuval Cohen, Intern, Maternal Health Initiative, Woodrow Wilson Center

“We cannot achieve our goals of ending maternal and child deaths without addressing critical health system barriers around the world,” said Grace Chee of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program at a recent Wilson Center event. To improve the lives of mothers and children, health workers must address the underlying causes of poor health outcomes, including systemic weaknesses in health care governance, financing and human resources…read more

2.6 Million Reasons to Invest in Stillbirth Estimates

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By: Hannah Blencowe, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Susannah Leisher, International Stillbirth Alliance on behalf of the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group (SAWG), founded by World Health Organization’s Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Reducing stillbirths presents a solid case for economic investment with as much as a 10 to 25 times return on investment in economic and social benefits. Yet this investment case cannot be made if stillbirths are not tracked through national and global monitoring systems…read more

How Mongolia Revolutionized Reproductive Health for Nomadic Women

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By: Didem Tali, Multimedia Journalist

In the past few decades, Mongolia has made dramatic improvements in maternal health. Through a series of governmental reforms and campaigns, the country has decreased its maternal mortality rate, which tends to be higher in nomadic communities…read more