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Reports, Projects Address Maternal Health Care

“From donkey ambulatory services for pregnant women in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan to free caesarean sections in Congo, reports about global efforts to improve maternal health were showcased in the past week as development experts gathered in various forums here during the U.N. General Assembly session from September 17 through September 30,” Women’s eNews reports. The article summarizes several programs and reports, including “A Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment” (.pdf), from the United Nations Foundation and ExxonMobil; “Delivering Success: Scaling Up Solutions for Maternal Health” (.pdf), by researchers from the Wilson Center; and a project spearheaded by the British organization HealthProm, promoting a “maternity saddle” for donkeys to transport pregnant women to health centers in rural Afghanistan (Oberoi, 10/2). The Atlantic profiles the so-called “donkey ambulance” (Blua, 9/30). The Thomson Reuters Foundation profiles a new program, called Zero Mothers Die, which will launch a pilot project in Ghana that aims “to improve maternal, newborn and child health by providing pregnant women and new mothers with mobile health information” (Anderson, 10/2).

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