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The truth about unsafe abortion

Faustina Fynn-Nyame | Lancet Global Health Blog |  “There are just 500 days left to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Established to drive global Read More

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Humanosphere: Ebola outbreak’s negative impact on maternal mortality

The Awful Ebola-Maternal Mortality Nexus…You don’t need ebola to die from it. Reporting from Monrovia, Jina Moore describes how fear of ebola and a broken health system are killing pregnant women. “Liberia has one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world. Giving birth here is always risky, even when you can count

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The Disruption of the “See-And-Treat” Paradigm: Cervical Cancer Prevention in LMICs

In recent years in global health, visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA), or “the vinegar test,” has widely been heralded as a simple and cost-effective cervical Read More

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The truth about unsafe abortion

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Faustina Fynn-Nyame | Lancet Global Health Blog |  “There are just 500 days left to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Established to drive global Read More


Humanosphere: Ebola outbreak’s negative impact on maternal mortality

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The Awful Ebola-Maternal Mortality Nexus…You don’t need ebola to die from it. Reporting from Monrovia, Jina Moore describes how fear of ebola and a broken health system are killing pregnant women. “Liberia has one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world. Giving birth here is always risky, even when you can count


The Disruption of the “See-And-Treat” Paradigm: Cervical Cancer Prevention in LMICs

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In recent years in global health, visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA), or “the vinegar test,” has widely been heralded as a simple and cost-effective cervical Read More


Obstetric First Responders in Chiapas: innovative trainings by PACE-MD

We have been following PACE-MD with great interest. They focus on Obstetrical First Responders as the first link in the chain of survival in Mexico. We have long believed that the analogy to an EMT might be a better way to get beyond the long-standing disputes over what traditional birth attendants versus midwives versus others, including community health workers, can handle as far as maternal health emergencies. PACE-MD focuses on handling obstetric emergencies starting at the first contact with a health worker.


Amazing results in Northern Nigeria: Traffina Foundation

One of our recent customers was the Traffina Foundation. Like some other groups we so admire, this non-profit was entirely conceived of, developed and run by a female obstetrician from Nigeria. And the funds that finance the non-profit are largely raised from donations by Nigerians. Traffina has created an enhanced birth kit– the kind we wish we could have waved a wand and created ourselves.


India’s Toilet Race Failing

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Bloomberg, via GHNow – An interesting article exploring important links between sanitation interventions, culture, and gender violence. India’s Toilet Race Failing as Villages Don’t Use Read More


Sahel hunger crisis

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Mark Anderson | The Guardian | July 31 – “Refugees and patchy rains trigger new Sahel hunger crisis.  UN asks for $100m as conflicts drive Read More


More on the river that divides Tajikistan and Afghanistan– and a 50 fold different risk in…

What explains the enormous more than 50 fold difference in maternal mortality rates across this river? Both areas of Tajikistan and Afghanistan are “in geographically contiguous poor, post-conflict, highly conservative, mountainous countries.” How can the obstetric risks for women be so different? To continue our review of this fascinating study, we take a closer look at the differences between the Tajik and Afghan sides of the river as reported in the study by Kylea Liese. The Tajik side has a large Soviet era hospital, some basic equipment and some medical personnel. And the Tajik women have a maternal mortality rate 50 times lower than the Afghan women, who have little to no medical care.


FGM and child marriage: grandmothers are part of the problem and the solution

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By Fatimah Kelleher | Guardian Development News | Girls on their own can’t change the norms that endanger them. Understand the role of the other women Read More


USAID on Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality

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USAID’s Vision for Action for Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality seeks to improve maternal and fetal health at the country-level using holistic and integrated approaches that Read More


Birth in War: an Ethnographic Study in Afghanistan

“Even on a mountain, there is still a road.” Pashto proverb Why are women just over the border of a small 60 foot river, in Tajikistan, about fifty times less likely to die in childbirth as compared to women in Afghanistan? Words have been spilled generously attempting to describe the difficult terrain (both topological and political) of Afghanistan. Less has been devoted to the deep-boned stubbornness, a defiance, which living in this gnarly terrain has forged in its people. It is stubbornness to outside rulers (whether Alexander the Great or the Soviets), stubbornness with traditions, and stubbornness in both friendships and enmities. Wars have laid waste to a land that was once a geo-economic fixture on the Silk Road and a central post of the Mughal Empire, but stubbornness has allowed a people to survive.


Changing the Cartridge to MCH

Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral Melvin Kranzberg, The Six Laws of Technology In Austin, Texas today law student Cody Wilson is printing guns. Well, technically, he prints parts of guns. And these are not just any guns; Cody Wilson prints semiautomatic weapons. In seven hours, Mr.


How do “fast-track” countries reduce maternal and child mortality rates?

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By Carole Presern: Social and economic development is a mysterious business. In some low- and middle-income countries, economic growth brings very little change to the lives Read More


USAID launches new commitments to save the lives of mothers and children

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June 26, 2014 USAID will spend up to $2.9 billion of the agency’s resources to continue the fight for maternal and child health in 24 countries. From VOA: While child deaths have dropped from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012, 16,000 children and 800 mothers are dying every day, says the U.S. […]The post The Daily Impact: USAID launches new commitments to save the lives of mothers and children appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.


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