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Opinion Pieces Discuss Importance Of Addressing Women’s Health Now, Moving Forward

The following opinion pieces discuss the importance of addressing women’s health, including maternal health, family planning and reproductive health, and ensuring women’s health issues are reflected in development goals moving forward. Huffington Post: Which Way to Better Health: A Roadmap to Save Mothers and Newborns Liya Kebede, founder of the…

Experts Express Concern Over High Rate Of C-Sections In South Africa

The Guardian: Cesarean section rates in South Africa ‘recklessly high,’ warn experts “More than two in three South African mothers in private hospitals give birth by cesarean section, way above the international average, research has shown…” (Smith, 9/24).

Campaign To Reduce Maternal Mortality Using Mobile Technology Launched

Media sources report on the launch of a new campaign, Zero Mothers Die, aimed at reducing maternal mortality by providing mothers with access to health care information through mobile phones. Newsweek: The $30 Pink Cellphone That Could Help Save the Lives of Pregnant Women “A new campaign launched Monday is…

Children Are Main Victims Of War, UNICEF Reports

VOA News: UNICEF Says Children Main Victims of War “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports children are the main victims of war, with many suffering mental stress that will last a lifetime…” (Schlein, 9/23).

WHO Releases Consensus Statement On Prevention Of Disrespect, Abuse During Childbirth

Maternal Health Task Force: WHO Releases First Statement on Preventing Disrespect and Abuse During Childbirth Katie Millar, a technical writer with the MHTF, discusses the WHO’s release of a consensus statement titled “Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth,” “the first of its kind. Besides being a violation…

Men Must Be Involved In Women’s Maternal, Reproductive Health Care

Huffington Post: How Can Men Help Stop The Spread of HIV to Infants and Children? Barbara Bush, CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, and Brian Ssennoga, a former Global Health Corps fellow Bush interviews Ssennoga about his work as a GHC fellow in Uganda, focusing on the importance of…

Innovative Financing Puts Oil Revenues Toward Child Nutrition In Congo

Reuters: Interview: U.N. entrepreneur taps African oil for child health “Republic of Congo has become the first country to agree to divert part of its oil revenues towards childhood nutrition, a victory for ‘innovative financing’ to help the world’s poorest, [UNITAID] creator Philippe Douste-Blazy said in an interview…” (Miles, 9/19).

Investments In Reproductive Health Will Save Lives

The following opinion pieces discuss the importance of investments in reproductive health. Wall Street Journal: How Investing in Reproductive Health Could Pay Off Pamela Barnes, president and chief executive officer of EngenderHealth “Every day, 800 women and girls around the world die of pregnancy and childbirth complications. … Access to…

The Lancet Publishes Series On Midwifery

The Lancet: The power of midwifery Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, and Olaya Astudillo, assistant editor at The Lancet “Midwifery is commonly misunderstood. The Series of four papers and five Comments we publish today sets out to correct that misunderstanding. … As governments slowly come to an agreement about…

Save The Children Commends U.S. Senators For Introduction Of Maternal, Child Health Bill

Save the Children: Save the Children Action Network Applauds U.S. Senators Coons, Graham and Cardin for the Introduction of the Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act of 2014 “Save the Children Action Network applauds U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), all members…