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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.

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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

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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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September 25, 2013

If the price of freedom is selfless hyper -vigilance, 29 yr old Linkan Subudhi from India deserves the medal of valor.

Arranged marriages are a practice as old as many cultures, with global statistics indicating that up to 55% of all marriages are arranged in some fashion or another. The ‘divorce’ rates are equally as surprising with only a mere 6% ever ending their arranged marriages legally.

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September 24, 2013

As the Social Good Summit and the UN General Assembly meet in New York this week, we pause to reflect on this (precious) moment in time.

The good news? Maternal mortality is decreasing (by 50% since 1990), child mortality is decreasing, and newborn health is on the agenda. It is not just good news, it's amazing news: "the global average annual rate of reduction in under-five mortality accelerated from 1.2 per cent a year for the period 1990-1995 to 3.9 per cent for 2005-2012." (UNICEF, WHO, World Bank 2013). Child mortality is falling, at a faster and faster rate. Some countries, like Ethiopia, met the MDG target early.

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