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Upcoming Event: South Asia Consultation on Maternal Health: Regional Dialogue and Way Forward

We’re excited to announce an upcoming policy dialogue on maternal health priorities for South Asia on Tuesday, March 31st. This dialogue is part of our partnership with UNFPA and the Wilson Center, which was recently voted the #1 think tank in the United States and one of the top ten think tanks in the world. Interested in attending? RSVP and see the invitation from the Wilson Center below to learn more details about how to participate in the event.

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Making connections: Ensuring access to reproductive and maternal health supplies

By Shafia Rashid, Senior Program Officer, Global Advocacy, Family Care International This post is part of the blog series “Increasing access to maternal and reproductive health supplies: Leveraging lessons learned in preventing maternal mortality,” hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition/Maternal Health Supplies Caucus, Family Care International and the USAID-Accelovate program at Jhpiego which discusses the importance and methods of reaching women with lifesaving reproductive and maternal health supplies in the context of the proposed new global target of fewer than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 births by 2030. To contribute a post, contact Katie Millar. The past ten years have witnessed impressive gains in the availability and use of reproductive health supplies like condoms and oral contraceptives that allow men and women to safely and effectively prevent or space pregnancies. As a result of concerted efforts by many partners, contraceptive prevalence rates have risen over 60% in countries around the world. These dramatic successes in improving access to reproductive health supplies can shed important lessons and guidance for those working to ensure that life-saving maternal health medicines — including, oxytocin, misoprostol and magnesium sulfate — are available to all women, when they need them and wherever they give birth.

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Get a job in maternal health!

Check out these opportunities to build your career on maternal health! Epidemiologist: Department of Health and Human Services – Rockville, MD, USA Research Senior Research Program Coordinator: Women’s and Children’s Health Policy Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Baltimore, MD, USA Research Coordinator: Girl Empower – Monrovia and Ganta, Liberia Research Assistant: Jhpiego – Baltimore, MD, USA Monitoring and Evaluation Monitoring and Evaluation Director: VaxTrac – Washington, DC, USA Monitoring & Evaluation Technical Manager: Partners in Health – Lesotho Technical Officer/Advisor Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer: PATH – Lusaka, Zambia HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Technical Officer: Jhpiego – Namibia Sr. Maternal Health Advisor: Jhpiego – Washington, DC, USA Senior Technical Advisor for Maternal and Child Health: CARE – Zambia Senior Technical Advisor – Maternal-Child Nutrition: CARE – Atlanta, GA, USA Programs Short-term Technical Consultant for Women’s Empowerment Groups: TSHIP/JSI – Bauchi, Nigeria Senior Program Officer: MCSP/JSI – Washington, DC, USA

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Measuring Maternal Health in a Post-MDG World

By Linnea Bennett, Intern, Environmental Change and Security Program at the Wilson Center As the international development community looks back on the Millennium Development Goals and ponders what remains to be done under the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, the maternal health field has some reflecting to do, said Dr. Ana Langer, professor and director of Harvard’s Maternal Health Task Force at the Wilson Center on December 1. [Video Below] “We used to have, or still have, one goal for maternal health…and we now face some challenging global policy situations,” Langer said. “The challenges are huge, in terms of indicators, sources of info, the tools we use, the way we frame the question.” Contact or Content?

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Three barriers to delivering maternal health supplies and the solution

By Katharine McCarthy, Research Coordinator, and Saumya RamaRao, Senior Associate, Population Council This post is part of the blog series “Increasing access to maternal and reproductive health supplies: Leveraging lessons learned in preventing maternal mortality,” hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition/Maternal Health Supplies Caucus and Family Care International, which discusses the importance and methods of reaching women with lifesaving reproductive and maternal health supplies in the context of the proposed new global target of fewer than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 births by 2030. To contribute a post, contact Katie Millar. How can we use the lessons learned by the reproductive health community to advance the maternal health supplies issues? Each year more than 180,000 women die during pregnancy or childbirth from hemorrhage or pre-eclampsia/eclampsia.

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Event: Call the Midwife: A Conversation About The Rising Global Midwifery Movement

This Monday, March 23rd, the Wilson Center in Washington, DC will host an all-day symposium on the global importance of midwifery, supported by the MHTF and UNFPA. The event is open for all to attend, but you must RSVP! Please see the formal invitation from The Wilson Center below with agenda and RSVP details: Speakers from around the world and across the maternal health community are coming together to discuss the global midwifery movement. They will highlight midwifery as a cost-effective solution towards promoting maternal and newborn health based on the latest evidence, discuss some major global midwifery initiatives underway, demonstrate innovations in the field of midwifery and discuss some interesting country experiences. The symposium hopes to further foster partnerships and synergies in midwifery and help build global commitments for scale up of midwifery

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GLOW 2015 conference gives new evidence for putting girls and women at the heart of the new…

By Eleni Capsaskis, MPH Candidiate, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine The theme for International Women’s Day this year was Make it Happen. In every country, people are coming together to advocate for women’s rights, opportunities and choices. Today’s generation is made up of the largest ever number of adolescents – but what future do they face? What about the health and hopes of the next generation?

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Call for posts: How to increase access to maternal and reproductive health supplies

By Milka, Dinev, Beth Yeager, and Katie Millar The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF), the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC)/Maternal Health Supplies Caucus (MHS) and Family Care International (FCI) share the goal of increasing awareness of the key role that reliable access to quality maternal and reproductive health supplies plays in reducing maternal mortality. To this end, we’d like to invite you to contribute a post to our blog series, Increasing access to maternal and reproductive health supplies: Leveraging lessons learned in preventing maternal mortality. Our goal for this blog series is to create a platform for sharing innovative interventions, lessons-learned and opportunities for collaboration across various organizations and communities in terms of what can be done to ensure availability of quality maternal health supplies. The new global target of fewer than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 births by 2030 makes timely access to quality maternal and reproductive health medicines and supplies for women even more critical.

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Maintaining the focus on maternal, newborn and child health with innovation and the SDGs

By Ana Langer, Director, Maternal Health Task Force  As we reflect on the work that we’ve accomplished through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and plan for the next set of global commitments (the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs), it’s important to talk about the inextricable link between mothers and their children. This link is both biological and social and has critical implications for health systems. Biological: We know from past and current research that the health, nutritional status, and general well-being of the mother strongly influences the chances of survival and well-being of the fetus during pregnancy, the newborn, and older children. Social: Mothers are the primary caretakers at home.

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How to use mobile technology to integrate maternal and newborn health care

By Kirsten Gagnaire, Executive Director, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Health This post is one in a series of five that explores the themes generated by a panel of global experts — who discussed the need for, barriers to, and the way forward for maternal and newborn health integration — at Putting Mothers and Babies First: Benefits Across a Lifetime, an event at The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on February 26th, 2015. When the idea of MAMA was in its infancy it was always about maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), because we knew that they go hand in hand. If a woman’s pregnancy isn’t healthy then chances are her baby, and ultimately her growing child, won’t be either. That’s why we worked with BabyCenter and other MNCH experts to create a set of core health messages that adhere to global best practices, designing them to be sent two to three times a week to cover a woman’s pregnancy all the way through her child’s third year of life.

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On the Far Reaching Consequences of Maternal Mortality

By Tizzy Tulloch, Communications Coordinator, Francois Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights This post is one in a series of five that explores the themes generated by a panel of global experts — who discussed the need for, barriers to, and the way forward for maternal and newborn health integration — at Putting Mothers and Babies First: Benefits Across a Lifetime, an event at The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on February 26th, 2015. “Remedies can’t be tied to a broken system.” Worldwide, about 290,000 women die each year from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. From a numerical perspective, this figure appears to denote a situation less urgent than that suggested by the figures for other global health threats, such as malaria (630,000) and HIV (1.5 million). However, in the developing world—where 90 percent of maternal deaths take place—maternal mortality has dramatic implications for child survival and has a profound effect on the well-being and sustainability of the larger community

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The Challenges and Opportunities for Maternal Newborn Integration

By Joy Riggs-Perla, Director of Saving Newborn Lives, Save the Children This post is one in a series of five that explores the themes generated by a panel of global experts — who discussed the need for, barriers to, and the way forward for maternal and newborn health integration — at Putting Mothers and Babies First: Benefits Across a Lifetime, an event at The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on February 26th, 2015. Rong Mala and six-day-old, Rakhal, receive a postnatal check up at the government clinic built in Badulpur, Habijganj, Bangladesh. Photo: CJ Clarke/Save the Children Poor integration of maternal and newborn services during pregnancy, childbirth and in the postpartum period can have adverse consequences for the quality of care that mothers and babies receive.

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9 ways to save lives through maternal and newborn health integration

By Katie Millar, Technical Writer, MHTF At a standing room only event last week at The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, global experts gathered to discuss the need for, barriers to, and the way forward for maternal and newborn integration. But what is integration and why is it so desperately needed? Every year approximately 300,000 women and 5.5 million newborns, including stillborns, die needlessly.

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12 new jobs in maternal health

Featured career opportunity: Photo: Jacaranda Health Chief Operating Officer: Jacaranda Health is expanding, and we are in search of an extraordinary person – a COO to be based in Kenya and help lead our team as we expand nationally. Already, we have launched our second private maternity hospital and are partnering with the Kenyan government to bring our model of quality maternity care to public hospitals. If you want to make a big impact in maternal health by putting your business experience to work. A successful COO could come from any number of backgrounds. Interested individuals should submit a CV and cover letter to coo@jacarandahealth.org. Technical advisors and specialists: Technical Advisor for Community Linkages for MNH, SRH & FP: JHPIEGO (Uganda) Senior Technical Advisor for Malaria in pregnancy: JHPIEGO (Uganda) National Maternal Newborn Child Health and Family Planning Specialist: Path (Bunia, Congo) Provincial Maternal Newborn Child Health and Family Planning Specialist: Path ( Bunia, Congo) mHealth Technical Advisor I: Pathfinder International (Watertown, MA,USA) Global Technical Lead, Universal Health Coverage: Population Services International (Arlington, VA, USA) Senior Technical Advisor: Population Services international (Harare, Zimbabwe) Programs and Projects: Program Assistant, Maternal Health Initiative: Wilson Center (Washington, DC, USA) Sr. Program Officer: JHPIEGO (Baltimore, MD,USA) Program Management Officer: JHPIEGO (Tanzania) Analyst: mHealth Analyst: Pathfinder International (Watertown, MA,USA)

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