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November 12, 2013

There is so much momentum on maternal and newborn health commodities. Today we pause to take a look at some of the most important work initiated by the United Nations initiative, Every Woman, Every Child (EWEC). Three important drugs make all the difference in the management of the major killers of women in childbirth. Quality oxytocin and misoprostol address postpartum hemorrhage, while magnesium sulfate addresses eclampsia. All jargon aside, EWEC technical teams are working to simplify the formulations, identify quality manufacturers and improve access to these three essential drugs.

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November 04, 2013

The new product ‘The Guardian CBT’ kit, contains an innovative assemblage of everyday items that when used together can arrest postpartum hemorrhage, a leading cause of maternal death worldwide. The life-saving solution is simple yet effective: A condom is attached to one end of a sterile IV tube, at the other end an IV bag filled with sterile water. When inserted into the uterus and filled, the device acts as a balloon stopping the life threatening blood loss.

heart strings | heartstrings | traditional birth attendants | fetal doppler |
October 21, 2013

by Rachel Zaslow, Mother Health International (2nd in a two part blog)

I believe that when we remove midwifery from community, we risk losing midwifery altogether.

"heart strings" | "fetal heart rate" | "traditional midwives" | Uganda birth cen
October 21, 2013

by Rachel Zaslow, Mother Health International

Two years ago the UNFPA issued a State of the World’s Midwifery report that called for investment in trained midwives as the single most important response to the global crisis in maternal health. “Every year approximately 350,000 women die while pregnant or giving birth — almost 1,000 a day,” states the report. “Of these women, 99 percent die in developing countries”. The World Health Organization reports estimate that close to 80% of babies born in these rural areas are received into the hands of traditional midwives; women who practice midwifery as it has been handed down to them from
generation to generation. An important question for those of us invested in international

#girl rising | #girldeclaration | "Girl Rising" | Girl Rising |
October 09, 2013

Why are we so thrilled about the Girl Declaration? Why should you sign the declaration too?

So often dry titles and updates abound in international development. Not so this year, in 2013.

This year sees the debut of the first, on-of-a-kind, truly novel and groundbreaking "Girl Declaration." This is a vibrant, almost singing, declaration of what is possible and what is demanded by girls who refuse to be left behind. 25 veteran international organizations talked with 508 girls living in poverty in 14 countries to create this unique declaration. For the first time, policymakers and girls worked together to put their 'hopes, dreams and needs' on the agenda in the form of the "Girl Declaration":

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