The International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently released an updated chart outlining recommendations for dosages and routes of administration for misoprostol use for several indications including medically induced abortion, clinical management of miscarriage, cervical preparation for surgical abortion, fetal death, induction of labor and management of postpartum hemorrhage.
Functional health systems depend on the availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of health workers. An effective maternal health workforce requires not only a sufficient number of workers, but also equitable geographic distribution, diversity in skill, adequate education and training and strong, supportive health systems...read more
Encouraging facility-based delivery as a strategy to increase skilled attendance at birth in order to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths has been a priority in the global maternal health agenda for decades. However, it has been widely recognized that expanding facility-based births without addressing issues of equity, quality and dignity is not sufficient for improving maternal health. A recent paper examined trends in delivery location in Africa and Asia and offered policy recommendations for moving forward...read more
In honor of International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict and World Refugee Day next week, the Maternal Health Task Force is sharing a roundup up key resources related to sexual, reproductive and maternal health care in humanitarian settings...read more
Interventions to improve facilities’ capacity to respond quickly and effectively to obstetric emergencies are often extremely difficult to implement in low-resource settings. However, several low- and middle-income countries have implemented effective interventions to reduce maternal deaths despite resource limitations and other challenges...read more