Pregnant women in South Africa who live in poor communities are more likely to consider or attempt suicide than the general population, but many of them do not have diagnosed depressive or anxiety disorders. Their suicide risk is associated with lower socioeconomic status, food insecurity, intimate partner violence and a lack of social support.
Urbanization is changing the face of poverty and marginalization, and the maternal and newborn health field needs to change too, said a panel of experts at the Wilson Center on January 24. The so-called “urban advantage”—the idea that one can expect better health outcomes in urban settings—is no longer true. Maternal mortality ratios, neonatal mortality rates and stillbirth rates in slum areas are worse than rural averages in many cases...read more
The Barcelona Institute for Global Health, in partnership with the World Bank Group, recently released a report titled, “Inequalities in women’s and girls’ health opportunities and outcomes: A report from sub-Saharan Africa." The report analyzes the extent to which 14 health-related opportunities are equitably available to women of reproductive age in 29 sub-Saharan African countries...read more
Categories: Maternal Health
Topics: Adolescent Health Antenatal Care Breastfeeding Education Family Planning HIV & AIDS Human Resources for Health Inequities & Inequalities Malaria in Pregnancy Monitoring & Evaluation Newborn Health Postnatal/Postpartum Care Reproductive Health Social Determinants