Malnutrition is frustrating. I often sit in the office, analyzing data from our programs, and feel helpless. Children who stay the same height for two Read More
Maternal & Reproductive Health
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.
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Maternal and congenital syphilis decreased worldwide from 2008 to 2012, which suggests progress towards the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of syphilis. Nonetheless, maternal syphilis caused substantial adverse pregnancy outcomes, even in women receiving antenatal care. Improved access to quality antenatal care, including syphilis testing and treatment, and robust data are all important for achieving the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of syphilis.
Objective To estimate the prevalence of alcohol consumption and binge drinking during pregnancy among the general population in the WHO African Region, by country.
The headline from a new U.N. report says that the rate of rape remains high and that the perpetrators are eluding justice. Ironically, it is not about U.N. peacekeepers and foreign forces, but about the west African country Ivory Coast. According to the United Nations Operation inCôte d’Ivoire report, in the five years since the country returned
In 2015, Cuba became the first country to be validated by WHO for having achieved the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.1 In June, 2016, Thailand, Armenia, Belarus, and Moldova were also validated.2 This is amazing news, which demonstrates that, given the political will, a policy for effective prenatal screening and treatment, and a commitment to implement that policy at every level of the health-care system, countries with limited resources can now have an HIV and syphilis free generation.
CIDRAP News: Senate impasse postpones Zika funding talks till fall “In the last chance for Congress to act on a Zika funding bill before it breaks for a 7-week recess, members of the Senate [Thursday] failed to advance a House version of a compromise bill, putting federal support for response activities on hold until fall…”…More
The Guardian: Preventable blindness in children on the rise in poorer countries “The number of children suffering from preventable blindness is increasing, partly because more children are surviving complicated births in low- and middle-income countries, specialists say. Worldwide, about 19 million children under the age of 15 are blind, with 12 million of these cases…More
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The Hill: Senators block dueling Zika proposals for second day “Senators blocked dueling proposals funding a response to the Zika virus for the second time this week with days left before lawmakers leave for a recess that lasts until September. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) tried to bring up the $1.1 billion deal spearheaded by Sens.…More
Thomson Reuters Foundation: El Niño, La Niña could lead to spike in new HIV infections in Africa: UNICEF “Drought exacerbated by the El Niño weather pattern could lead to a spike in new HIV infections in Southern Africa as women and girls turn to sex to survive and patients miss treatments, the United Nations childrens’…More
We have recently stumbled across an innovative aid to pregnant refugees that we could not keep to ourselves: an app called HaBaby. While maternal health has been of constant importance in the sphere of women’s rights, the topics and risks within maternal health evolve with the evolving world. This evolution means different populations are at increased risk for poor maternal health outcomes. Today, the staggering number of displaced persons and refugees is a huge population lacking sufficient maternal and newborn health resources. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are currently 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, 21.3 million of who are refugees.
POLITICO: Congress will fight over guns, Zika as it sprints for recess “With just one week left before they leave for a nearly two-month summer break, lawmakers will renew their fights over gun control and Zika money — as Congress sprints to get out of town ahead of the political conventions and the height of…More
A human rights approach to maternal health is considered as a useful framework in international efforts to reduce maternal mortality.
Associated Press: Philippines only country in Asia where teen pregnancy rising “The Philippines is the only Asia-Pacific country where the rate of teen pregnancies rose over the last two decades and the slow decline of its overall fertility rate may deprive the country of the faster economic growth expected in places that have more working-age…More