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Global Status Report on National Programs for Postpartum Hemorrhage and Pre-Eclampsia/Eclampsia

Our colleagues at MCHIP recently completed the 2nd annual survey of national programs aimed at managing postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia (PE/E). The survey included countries from several regions and focused on USAID priority countries with the highest burdens of maternal morbidity. The purpose of this piece of work was to evaluate the progress of … Continue reading “Global Status Report on National Programs for Postpartum Hemorrhage and Pre-Eclampsia/Eclampsia”

What Is the Most Effective, Low-Cost Method for Inducing Labor in Women With Pre-Eclampsia?

A group of researchers from the University of Liverpool, Gynuity Health Projects and the Government Medical College, Nagpur recently conducted a randomized controlled trial to compare the efficacy, safety and acceptability of two low-cost methods for labor induction among women with pre-eclampsia…read more

Quality of Routine Labor and Delivery Care in Uttar Pradesh, India: Are Private Facilities Better?

While studies of public facilities in India have indicated generally poor quality of care, evidence from private facilities—particularly for normal labor and delivery—is scarce. In an effort to address this evidence gap, a recent article from the Bulletin of the World Health Organization assessed the quality of essential obstetric and newborn care during routine labor and delivery in Uttar Pradesh, India…read more

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

From the Archives | Effective Antenatal Interventions to Prevent Maternal and Newborn Mortality

Antenatal care (ANC) coverage has expanded over the last fifteen years: The proportion of women in developing countries receiving at least one ANC visit increased from 64% in 1990 to 83% in 2014. While this increase in utilization is a step in the right direction, content and quality of ANC are equally important factors…read more