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A Quiet Crisis: Reproductive Health Among Displaced Syrians

Every day, almost 500 women die during pregnancy or childbirth in humanitarian settings. Additionally, nearly sixty percent of preventable maternal deaths take place in regions Read More

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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.

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Financial Times Special Report Discusses Maternal, Newborn Health In Countries On 3 Continents

Financial Times: Three Births “The day a baby is born in the developing world will be the most dangerous of its life — and can be just as perilous for its mother. Amy Kazmin, Jude Webber, and Andrew Jack, FT reporters on three continents, follow the fates of three women and their babies…” (3/31).

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Maternal depression is not just a problem early on

Little is known about the onset of depression beyond the first postpartum year.

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Transformative Innovations in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health over the Next…

by Cyril M. Engmann, Sadaf Khan, Cheryl A. Moyer, Patricia S. Coffey, Zulfiqar A.

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Maternal, Newborn Health Roadmap Provides ’10 Critical Actions’ For Post-2015 Agenda

PLOS Collections Blog: The Global Development Framework in Transition: Where are Mothers and Newborns in the Post-2015 Era? Koki Agarwal, director of USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP); Ana Langer, a professor at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the Women and Health Initiative and Maternal Health Task…More

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International Partners Must Accelerate Efforts To End Preventable Maternal, Newborn, Child…

Bangkok Post: Upholding the rights of newborns Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director of the WHO Southeast Asia “…WHO has been prioritizing ending preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths in the Southeast Asia Region. … Accelerating interventions to improve maternal and newborn health would require governments to ensure sufficient, sustainable, and equity-focused financing; adequate and skilled…More

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We Need a Sickle Cell Solution for Expectant Moms

mnva Recently the team at Maternova had an opportunity to chat with a wonderful RN right here in our home state. Conversation ranged from our local maternal health outcomes, to how far behind the USA is falling behind in improving care for expectant Moms. One topic in the conversation that resonated deeply with us, was also one that until that moment, we hadn’t given much thought to. We’ll be interested in your thoughts on this topic, so email us anytime. One of the most overlooked diseases that can gravely impact pregnancy is Sickle Cell Anemia.

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Al Jazeera Examines Global Maternal Mortality

Al Jazeera examines maternal mortality worldwide, saying, “If the situation continues at its current rate, the world will not meet” the U.N. Millennium Development Goal “to reduce maternal mortality by 75 percent between 1990 and 2015.” Though the estimated number of women who die of maternal mortality has dropped from 546,000 in 1990 to 340,000 today, a woman’s lifetime risk of dying during or following pregnancy in developing countries “is still high at one in 31,” compared with one in 4,300 in developed countries, the news agency reports. “Attaining zero maternal death would require greater community involvement and commitment” and increased access to contraceptives and skilled birth attendants, according to experts, Al Jazeera notes (Arjunpuri, 3/19).

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WHO Identifies Key Interventions to Reduce Maternal, Newborn and Child…

In the Healthy Dose  last week , we made a mention of a major study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), Aga Khan University and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH). The three organizations conducted a three year-long study on health for mothers and children. From the collected data and observations, a set of recommendations were made for low and middle income countries in order to meet Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.  According to the WHO  “It gives policy makers a way to make informed choices on how to set priorities and where to put their funds and resources, guided by a list of absolutely critical interventions.” The WHO continues to describe the study saying: The study reviewed more than 50 000 scientific papers to determine the proven effectiveness of interventions and impact on survival, identifying 56 essential interventions that when implemented in “packages” relevant to local settings, are most likely to save lives.

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Global Partnership Accelerates Progress In Maternal, Child Health

In a post in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, Scott Radloff, director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at USAID, examines how, for the past year, the Alliance for Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health, a partnership between USAID, the U.K. Department for International Development, the Australian Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched at last year’s U.N. General Assembly Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, has “accelerate[d] progress in improving maternal and child health” worldwide

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India To Use Mothers’ Mobile Phones To Track Child Immunizations

“India’s health minister announced Tuesday a new initiative underway to boost the country’s rate of immunizing newborns by collecting mobile phone numbers of all pregnant mothers to monitor their babies’ vaccinations,” the Wall Street Journal’s “India Real Time” blog reports.

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