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How to train providers where maternal mortality is highest

By Atziri Ramírez Negrin, Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research In Mexico, maternal mortality continues to be a public health problem. Throughout the country, the burden of maternal mortality varies greatly between different locations. The three states with the highest maternal mortality ratio are Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Chiapas. The main causes of maternal mortality continue to be hypertensive pregnancy disorders and postpartum haemorrhage.

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Translating Research into Practice Series: Using Research Findings to Influence Maternal Health…

Originally featured on the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) Blog site, this post is part of the Translating Research into Practice Series which features guest posts from authors of the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health Collections describing the impact of their research since publication. Post Written By: Bolaji Fapohunda, Senior Advisor … Continue reading »The post Translating Research into Practice Series: Using Research Findings to Influence Maternal Health Action: An Example from Nigeria appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Beyond new facilities: Helping politicians understand universal health coverage

By Dr. Oluwadamilola O. Olagoun, Project Manager, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood This post is part of the Woman-Centered Universal Health Coverage Series, hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and USAID|TRAction, which discusses the importance of utilizing a woman-centered agenda to operationalize universal health coverage. To contribute a post, contact Katie Millar.

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Professional development opportunities in global health

The Maternal Health Task Force works to build a strong maternal health community. That strength starts with you! Here are a few opportunities that you may find helpful in your career. Global Public Health Course, 10 weeks starting March 2nd, 2015: This course, developed by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) a member institution of the SDSN, will focus on various aspects of public health from infectious diseases to NCDs, from health systems to big data, all while placing health as central to the broader framework of sustainable development. The course comprises of video lectures posted every week, reading material, quizzes and an interactive discussion forum, which an be completed at the student’s convenience


How to improve respectful maternity care through community engagement

by Melaku Muleta, Participatory Community Quality Improvement Manager, JSI, Inc. – Last 10 Kilometers Project, Ethiopia In 2003, the Ethiopian government launched the Health Extension Program (HEP) to ensure universal health care. The approach here in my country, one with a large rural population with minimal access to quality health services, is to bring primary health care down to the grassroots community level. The approach has proven successful. Through my work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Last 10 Kilometers Project (L10K), I have focused on examining how the quality of services can be improved for communities seeking care.


Segregated, Single-Issue Health Targets Hold Back Progress On MNCH

Devex: The specter of segregation haunts global health Patrick Fine, chief executive officer of FHI 360, and Leith Greenslade, vice chair in the Office of the U.N. Special Envoy for Financing the health Millennium Development Goals and co-chair of Child Health at the MDG Health Alliance “…Could [the MDG targets for infant and maternal mortality]…More


Canadian PM Harper, Gates Meet To Renew Call For Improved Global MNCH Through Additional…

CBC News: Bill Gates, Stephen Harper look to next steps for maternal health “The next steps in improving the health of women and children around the world will involve improved data collection and vital statistics, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday. Harper spent part of his day discussing the issue with American billionaire Bill Gates,…More


As humanitarian crises multiply, maternal health and safety of women becoming a focus

By Katrina Braxton, Program Assistant, The Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative Accessing maternal health care is already a challenge in many countries, and when conflict erupts or a disaster strikes, it can get even worse, leaving millions of women on their own while at their most vulnerable, said Ugochi Daniels, chief of humanitarian response for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Women and girls also become more vulnerable to violence during times of crisis, she said, by virtue of nothing but their gender. [Video Below] Daniels and other experts discussed efforts by humanitarian agencies to better address maternal health and gender-based violence in crisis settings at the Wilson Center on November 20, supported by the Maternal Health Task Force and UNFPA. Providing a baseline More than one third of maternal deaths world-wide occur in crisis settings, said Janet Meyers, deputy director of health policy and practice at the International Medical Corps. During an average humanitarian emergency — famine, conflict, extreme flooding, etc.


Senegal’s National Review Of Family Planning Strategy Shows Progress

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: Senegal Celebrates Great Progress in Family Planning During National Review Sara Stratton, director of IntraHealth’s West and Southern Africa Programs, discusses the recent national review of Senegal’s National Action Plan for Family Planning 2012-2015. “…This review was held to take stock of progress, discuss roadblocks to implementation, and seek recommendations for continued…More


Margaret Kruk joins the MHTF: Strengthening health systems for women

By Katie Millar, Technical Writer, MHTF I sat down with Margaret Kruk, who recently joined our team at the MHTF, to talk about her career, how health systems can better serve women, the power of social media, and her hopes for the future. Your recent work has focused on health systems research in sub-Saharan Africa. How has your career brought you to this point? MK: I have a somewhat nonlinear path to academia.


Critical next steps for the maternal health community

By Katie Millar, Technical Writer, MHTF As we reflect on lessons learned from the MDGs and set strategies for improving global maternal health, it’s time to identify what has worked and what more is needed to not only avert preventable maternal deaths, but also provide quality health care for every woman. In a paper published today, Tamil Kendall, a post-doctoral fellow of the Maternal Health Task Force, summarizes priorities for maternal health research in low- and middle-income countries based on three broad questions she asked 26 maternal health researchers from five continents: Critical maternal health knowledge gaps “We know what to do. But the interactions between the interventions and the health system have not been studied” The most prominent knowledge gap that remains is implementation research for health systems strengthening. Not only do we need to identify the most effective ways to deliver, scale up and sustain both basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric care, especially for postpartum hemorrhage and pre-eclampsia, but implementation research is needed to ensure we deliver the right packages of care at the right levels of care. Other priorities: Improving the quality of maternal healthcare Improving the quality and availability of information about maternal mortality Supporting women’s empowerment Increasing the availability and uptake of contraception Increasing access to safe abortion services New treatments for major causes of maternal deaths Neglected and crucial issues “The human resource crisis.” The most neglected and crucial issue identified is strengthening the health workforce, another health systems issue.


Emerging Priorities for Maternal Health in Nigeria: Surveying the Field

By Katrina Braxton, Program Assistant, The Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative “Nigeria’s population is only two percent of the world population, but we contribute about 10 percent of the maternal mortality,” said Oladosu Ojengbede, professor and director of the University of Ibadan’s Center for Population and Reproductive Health. [Video Below] Despite efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goal 5 – reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters compared to levels in 1990 and achieve universal access to reproductive health – Nigeria has seen only modest improvements to maternal health, said a panel of experts participating in both Abuja and Washington, DC in a live video conference supported by the Maternal Health Task Force and UNFPA, on December 17. The simulcast event was preceded by a day-long policy workshop in Abuja with 40 participants from a wide array of stakeholders, including the ministry of health, development partners, NGOs, traditional leaders, health organizations, and the media. Results from Nigeria’s most recent National Demographic and Health Survey indicate the maternal mortality ratio stood at 576 per 100,000 live births in 2013, compared to 800 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2003 – a 52 percent decline since 1990. Through roundtable discussions, participants identified five key factors to Nigeria’s maternal mortality that must be addressed to accelerate progress. Five Central Challenges The first roundtable, led by Dr.


HIV health services associated with better prenatal and postnatal care for all women

By Katie Millar, Technical Writer, MHTF Investment in HIV services may improve quality of prenatal and postnatal care. At the facility level, the mere presence of HIV treatment services was associated with higher quality prenatal and postnatal care, shows a new study in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers from Columbia University, the CDC and Kenyan public health institutions, analyzed data from 560 hospitals and clinics in Kenya, a country with a high maternal mortality ratio, to compare the quality of prenatal, postnatal, and delivery services in facilities that had HIV treatment services and those that did not. The researchers found that the existence of PMTCT and ART treatment programs was associated with significantly increased quality in prenatal and postnatal care, irrespective of HIV status. However, quality of delivery care was similar across the two settings. Driving this association is the fact that “the introduction of PMTCT and ART programs may have brought with it better tools, resources, and infrastructure for outpatient maternal health, services,” shared Dr


Join the live webcast for Putting Mothers and Babies First

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 12:30-1:30pm EST The Leadership Studio, 10th Floor Kresge Building, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston Join us with The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for Putting Mothers and Babies First: Benefits across a lifetime – a panel discussion presented in collaboration with The GroundTruth Project and GlobalPost. One of the smartest investments a society can make is to foster the health and education of its mothers. Healthy mothers raise healthier children, which boosts the productivity and stability of communities and economies. Yet, maternal mortality remains a terrible and disproportionate reality, particularly in developing countries, where 99 percent of all maternal deaths occur.


Twelve new convening partners join the Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference 2015!

Join the Secretariat of Health of Mexico and 15 other convening partners in Mexico City, October 18 to 21, for a landmark technical conference to discuss strategies for reaching every mother and newborn with high-quality health care. Who should attend? The conference will have a technical focus, highlighting approaches and lessons from programs, policies, research, and advocacy for improving both maternal and newborn health. We welcome participation from stakeholders at all levels including: program managers, policymakers, researchers, donors, clinicians, technical advisors, advocates, and representatives of professional organizations. How to join


How to train providers where maternal mortality is highest

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By Atziri Ramírez Negrin, Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research In Mexico, maternal mortality continues to be a public health problem. Throughout the country, the burden of maternal mortality varies greatly between different locations. The three states with the highest maternal mortality ratio are Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Chiapas. The main causes of maternal mortality continue to be hypertensive pregnancy disorders and postpartum haemorrhage.


#SavingLivesRd5 Twitter Chat

A Twitter chat hosted by Saving Lives at Birth discussed the future of maternal and newborn health and innovation. Here is a Storify of the first half hour. To see the rest search #SavingLivesRd5 on Twitter! View the story “#SavingLivesRd5 Twitter Chat” on Storify


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