UNFPA: Trends in Maternal Mortality

Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2010 New maternal mortality estimates confirm that the number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth is declining. Along with other indicators, this joint U.N. report validates the fact that we are making progress in saving mothers’ lives, even if progress is slower than what is called for by the Millennium Development Goals. Rapid progress in some countries demonstrates that when governments take a strategic approach to the safe motherhood … [Read more...]

IRIN, Philippines conditional cash transfer programme

GOAL #5 - MATERNAL HEALTH Many people consider the day their child was born the happiest day in their life. In the world's wealthier countries, that is. In poorer countries, the day a child born is all too often the day its mother dies. The lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy and childbirth in Africa is 1 in 22, while it is 1 in 120 in Asia and 1 in 7,300 in developed countries. MANILA, August 2012 (IRIN) - A nationwide conditional cash transfer programme in the Philippines is slowly … [Read more...]

NEPAL: Women in Chhuaupadi – ADELE BUTLER

Nepali Women and Girls Isolated During Menstruation On the Violence is Not Our Culture site, I read about a ritual practice in Nepal called Chhuaupadi pratha which can cause prolonged depression and even death among girls and women. “Chhau” means menstruation and “padi” – woman. It is a ritual which banishes girls and women during their menstruation. It is dangerous because it also isolates women during and after childbirth. These women are banished fro up to eleven days away from … [Read more...]

Invest in Girls Education – INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO

Educate in our World Future: Invest in Girls! A critical focus of the Women and Health Initiative is to educate the next generation of leaders in the field of women and health. The W&HI helps identify existing courses and fellowships available at Harvard and is working to add new ones to fill the gaps in educational opportunities. The work of the Women and Health Initiative builds upon and complements the on-going educational training offered by  the HSPH interdisciplinary … [Read more...]

Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

    Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health   January 26, 2011 Geneva, Switzerland    Meeting 1 Co-Chairs’ Summary 1. The global community has come together and collectively focussed on improving the health of women and children through the UN Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, the African Union’s Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA), andthe G8 Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child … [Read more...]

High-level UN Commission established: Women + Children's Health

    High-level UN Commission established to track results and resources for women’s + children’s health DECEMBER 2010 | NEW YORK -- The United Nations is establishing a high-level commission charged with developing an accountability framework that will link resources committed to women's and children's health with the results they are intended to achieve.   Read the full press release on UN High-Level Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health UN … [Read more...]

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