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