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June 04, 2013

Every once and a while we need to get back to basics. Yes, we need to focus on the day of birth because of the high incidence of maternal and newborn mortality that occurs on this critical day.

But what insidious factors are at play and underlie problems on the day of birth? What causes that day of birth to occur TOO EARLY IN THE PREGNANCY? What if a certain sexually transmitted disease was easy to detect and easy to treat?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), each year more than 2 million pregnant women are diagnosed with active syphilis (Treponema pallidum), 65% of which result in adverse pregnancy outcomes: fetal death in early to late gestation (fetal death and stillbirth) or neonatal death soon after birth.

birth, communities, Inuit, Beverly O'brien
June 03, 2013

We believe there is a tipping point for each community--a point where the access to full backup in the case of obstetric emergencies is perfectly balanced with the preservation of important community psychological and spiritual supports.

In the week after the national Women Deliver conference, it's a good time to pause and reflect briefly on where we are. As a global movement, maternal health has made great strides. More women have access to professional skilled attendants, yet we know that quality of care and respectful care is an unrelenting challenge.

May 28, 2013

What an exciting week for global women's health. The third Women Deliver conference is taking place in Malaysia. We are in booth 244!

So much energy has gone into putting together the agenda for this event and creating the background reports, marking progress and charting the future.

We'd like to focus just briefly on the Countdown to 2015 report just published. The authors highlight many challenges but this paragraph rings true:

But, ultimately, this report is about hope. The country profiles contain many success stories
which show that commitment, investment, and coordinated action can result in concrete
achievements that will save countless lives.

Let's focus on a truly stunning statistic:

nutributter | plumpynut | edesia | micronutrients | LNL | Nutriset
May 21, 2013

By this point, you may be familiar with Plumpy'Nut®, the miraculous peanut paste in a foil pouch that is being used to treat children with severe acute malnutrition in communities around the world. To recap: the genius of this innovation is that children can be treated at home rather than as inpatients.

May 15, 2013

The first day of life is also the most risky, both for the infant--and often for the mother. This year's report on the State of the World's Mothers came out last week. The focus of this report is on the first day of life. Save the Children, authors of the report, developed the first-ever "Birth Day Risk Index" to assess newborn odds of survival on that very first day that they are born.

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