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June 23, 2013

[We found out about this important meeting from the incredible Health Information for All (HIFA) listserv]:

Nigeria is hosting the 2nd GlobalPOWER Women Network Africa High Level Meeting (GPHLM) in Abuja, Nigeria on 27-28 June 2013. The acronym stands for Global Partnership of Women Elected and Appointed Representatives This initiative, funded by UNAIDS emerged because gender based violence and gender inequalities were increasingly recognized as underlying women's increased risk of HIV/AIDS. We particularly salute the succinct and very impressive objectives set in Zimbabwe in 2012, , calling for:

  • Zero new HIV infections
  • Zero maternal and child mortality
  • Zero tolerance to violence against women and girls
  • Zero hunger and poverty
"flight for Every mother" | Africa | MDG5 | "maternal health"
June 17, 2013

We are so excited to announce our partnership with Flight for Every Mother. Dr. Sophia Webster is a 21st century Amelia Earheart with a mission for mothers. She is a flying obstetrician/gynecologist making a 24 country flight piloting her own Cessna to deliver knowledge and supplies to obstetricians and midwives. And she leaves in August!

We love her approach because it is one part advocacy and two parts practicality. Maternova Research will be sending life-saving obstetric supplies including the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment. We’ll also be working with Dr. Webster on how best to communicate the steps involved in creating the lowest cost balloon tamponade on the planet—the condom balloon tamponade.

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:

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