Maternal & Reproductive Health



Tracking perioperative mortality and maternal mortality: challenges and opportunities

Access to surgery remains inequitable worldwide, with 5 billion people lacking safe and affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed.1 The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery was convened in 2013 to assess the state of surgery around the world, provide recommendations for improving access, and propose indicators for assessing national surgical systems. A key safety indicator is the perioperative mortality rate (POMR). This is defined by the Commission as the number of all-cause deaths before discharge in patients who have undergone a procedure in an operating theatre, divided by the total number of procedures, and presented as a percentage.


Large Price Premiums for Unprotected Sex Among Female Sex Workers in Kenya: A Potential…

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Understanding reproductive health choices in LMICs

Dr Lalage Katunga holds a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology and a Masters in Public Health. Her research is focused on understanding factors that influence health-outcomes in understudied populations. She has experience working in the sub-Saharan Africa and is currently a Research Fellow at Saint Louis University, St Louis, MO. This week she stresses the importance of championing the full -picture of women’s empowerment and agency in LMICs, not just reproductive rights. One of the central challenges of global health is reproductive health.


Periods are the next frontier of humanitarian response

Five simple changes in water and sanitation can help manage menstruation in crises, says Nicole Klaesener-Metzner.

India’s PM Asks Physicians To Provide Free Maternal Care 12 Days Per Year

Agence France-Presse: India PM asks doctors to treat pregnant women for free “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on doctors Thursday to give up 12 days a year to treating poor, pregnant women free of charge, in a speech to mark the anniversary of his government’s second year in power…” (5/26).

Menstrual hygiene is a universal – but complex – human right

In the first of our mini blog series to celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May), Dani Barrington offers her musings on menstruation. The post Menstrual hygiene is a universal – but complex – human right appeared first on WhyDev.

Menstrual health education: a key to nurturing confident girls

Anshu, a teenager who lives in a village in Raebareli District of Uttar Pradesh, India, was a friendly and lively girl. But when she reached puberty, she had very little information about how to manage her menstruation, and she began to lose her confidence. During those days each month she did not venture out from her […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHealthy markets: essential to improving health and saving livesThe profound effect of girls’ dreamsJosé Jerónimo: a cancer hero among us ;

El Salvador prison releases woman jailed for miscarriage

A Salvadoran court has released Maria Teresa Rivera, a woman jailed for having a miscarriage. The decision to release Rivera, who was jailed in 2012, is a symbol of hope to the many women incarcerated on wrongful abortion charges in the Central American nation. Rivera, 33, was arrested in a hospital after her mother-in-law found

Private Sector Can Improve Efforts To Promote Gender Equality, Women’s Health

Devex: 4 ways for the private sector to support women’s health Carolyn Rodehau, technical deputy for reproductive health workplace programs at Meridian Group International, Inc. and associate on the Evidence Project at Population Council “… In their supply chains in low- and middle-income countries, companies can be far more proactive in promoting gender equality and…More

Improve Access To Quality Maternal Care To End Obstetric Fistula, U.N.’s Ban Says On…

U.N. News Centre: On International Day, U.N. urges end of obstetric fistula ‘within a generation’ “Obstetric fistula is a preventable and treatable condition causing added suffering and isolation to at least two million poor and marginalized women and girls worldwide, the United Nations spotlighted on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. ‘The persistence of…More

Guttmacher Institute Analysis Examines Women’s Reproductive Rights, Health In Light Of Zika

Guttmacher Institute: In Countering Zika, Women’s Right to Self-Determination Must Be Central Rebecca Wind, senior communications associate and divisional budget manager at the Guttmacher Institute, discusses findings from a new analysis examining women’s reproductive rights and health in light of the Zika epidemic, writing, “In Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as in the…More

Achieving maternal and child health gains in Afghanistan: a Countdown to 2015…

Despite conflict and poverty, Afghanistan has made reasonable progress in its reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health indicators over the last decade based on contributions of factors within and outside the health sector. However, equitable access to health care remains a challenge and present delivery models have high transactional costs, affecting sustainability. To maintain and further accelerate health and development gains, future strategies in Afghanistan will need to focus on investments in improving social determinants of health and targeted cost-effective interventions to address major causes of maternal and newborn mortality.

Donor Governments Should Prioritize Sexual, Reproductive Health Care In Emergency Settings

The Guardian: Sexual health gets little attention in a crisis, with devastating results Tewodros Melesse, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation “…[T]he demand for sexual and reproductive health care is much higher than normal in crisis situations. These are essential services and must form part of any humanitarian response. … We need to…More

Impact of maternal education level on risk of low Apgar score

To investigate the association between 5-min Apgar score and socio-economic characteristics of pregnant women, particularly education level.

WHO interim guidance on pregnancy management in the context of Zika virus infection

As a result of an unusual clustering of cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, WHO declared the 2015–16 Zika virus outbreak in the Americas a “public health emergency of international concern”.1 As part of its strategic response to the outbreak, WHO is leading normative work to mitigate the potential impact on pregnant women, newborn babies, and other at-risk populations. Last week, WHO launched an updated version of its guidance on pregnancy care in the context of Zika virus infection.

Timing and utilization of antenatal care services in Liberia: Understanding the pre-Ebola…

Publication date: July 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 160 Author(s): Isaac N.

Retention in care of HIV-infected pregnant and lactating women starting art under Option B+ in…

Objective In 2013, Mozambique adopted Option B+, universal lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) for all pregnant and lactating women, as national strategy for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

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