Maternity protection: Not just a personal issue

Maternity protection: Not just a personal issue Many countries have ratified ILO conventions on maternity protection, but pregnant women still face workplace discrimination. Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25), the ILO publishes guidelines on how to implement maternity protection policies. GENEVA (ILO News) – Six months into her pregnancy, it was becoming increasingly difficult for Liani* to endure hours of standing at her … [Read more...]

South Sudan faces challenges providing maternal and child health

South Sudan faces challenges providing maternal and child health care   It was a busy morning in the maternity ward of Torit Civil Hospital, Eastern Equatoria State. Three newborns were welcomed into the world, all in good health. Surrounded by family members, Lugina Michael let out a sigh of relief. “I spent five days at home in pain,” she said, recalling her difficult labour. “Then we finally got a car and I was brought here the same day. When I arrived, I didn’t know what time … [Read more...]

Global Lawmakers Adopt Resolution to Support Maternal and Child Health

KAMPALA -- The Inter-Parliamentary Union, the world’s largest body of lawmakers, has approved a resolution to secure access to health, as a basic human right, for women and children. The resolution calls on parliaments to take all possible measures to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 by 2015. MDG 4 aims to reduce child deaths around the world by two thirds by 2015, while MDG 5 aims to reduce maternal deaths and widen access to reproductive health. This is the first time that the … [Read more...]

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