New Resources Online from Global Alliance for Maternal Mental Health

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By: Staff, Maternal Health Task Force

Earlier this month, the Global Alliance for Maternal Mental Health—comprising 13 international agencies—launched a new website related to improving the mental health of women during pregnancy and the postnatal period. This new online platform is full of resources, including videos of women sharing their real-life stories in their own words…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

Maternal Health Progress in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste

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By: Valerie Wordley, University of Manchester

Timor-Leste should be applauded for its progress in maternal health over the last decade-and-a-half, serving as an inspiring model for other low-income, post-conflict countries to follow. A substantial amount of work remains for Timor-Leste to achieve the maternal mortality targets under the Sustainable Development Goals, but it is clear that the country is on the path to success…read more

Stillbirths: Global Causes, Disparities and the Need for Better Reporting

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By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

An estimated 2.6 million stillbirths occur every year across the globe, but many of them are not counted, reviewed or reported. The Every Newborn Action Plan proposed a target for reducing global stillbirths during the Sustainable Development Goal period from 18.4 stillbirths per 1,000 births to 12 or fewer stillbirths per 1,000 births by 2030. However, inaccurate reporting and inconsistencies with definitions are key challenges for tracking progress and achieving this target…read more