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Just when you thought there could be no more revered – or feared – days of observance, along comes ‘World Toilet Day’ again to remind us how far we have NOT come. Our hopes were so high that the Gates Foundation would solve this dire dilemma, only to come up short like the last square on the roll. [$40 million dollars in funding simply flushed with no viable solution]( The basic facts remain unchanged that one in three women and girls lack even basic sanitation services. Over 2.5 billion people do not have access to a toilet. What happens when sanitation isn’t available?
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.
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.
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.
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
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