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Latest Maternal death Stories

2012-04-25 14:21:41

DIRECT RELIEF INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES MASSIVE MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH PROGRAM TO IMPROVE CARE FOR 60,000 EXPECTANT WOMEN SANTA BARBARA, Calif., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Direct Relief International has launched a major effort in Haiti to reduce maternal mortality and improve the health of mothers and their babies. Haiti has the highest rates of infant, under-five and maternal mortality in the Western hemisphere. Over the next three years, Direct Relief will provide...

2012-04-24 10:25:06

BETHESDA, M.D., April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- An Abt Associates-led project to improve maternal and child health care services in the Dominican Republic was selected as one of only four projects to be highlighted this week at a joint USAID and State Department-hosted event featuring countries that have made significant advances in reducing maternal death. Dominican Republic Minister of Health Dr. Bautista Rojas Gomez will join health ministers from Cambodia, Rwanda and Afghanistan in...

2012-04-11 22:09:44

Ensuring good health prior to conception minimizes risk of complications in pregnancy A newly published article in the journal Nursing for Women's Health highlights the importance of a woman's ability to time her childbearing. The author asserts that contraception is a means of health promotion and women who work with their health care providers to ensure they are healthy prior to conceiving can minimize their risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. According to the...

2012-03-22 12:19:34

Long-term field research results in practical strategy In the hope of reducing maternal mortality in a region where 1 woman in 31 loses her life as she carries or gives birth to her baby, a workshop has been organized in Mali today by the Global Health Initiative of the University of Montreal Superhospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) and the Government of Mali's Ministry of Health. Since 2006, researchers affiliated with the CRCHUM, the University of Montreal and the University of Bamako have...

2012-03-14 14:00:00

Mercy Hospital is addressing the three main health challenges in the developing world: lack of access, inability to pay for treatment and a shortage of doctors. In Sierra Leone, 1 in 21 women will not survive child birth, one of the highest rates in the world. Mercy Hospital and the Sierra Leonean United Methodist Church (UMC) health network are looking for opportunities to improve impact and efficiency to reduce maternal and child mortality. It's not about just bringing more equipment,...

2012-03-07 10:44:00

ARLINGTON, Va., March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For this International Women's Day, Counterpart International is offering an online multimedia package highlighting compelling success stories in some of the most challenging places on Earth for women. http://www.counterpart.org/news/celebrating-women-around-the-world (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110818/DC54764LOGO) The global nonprofit organization is posting program-related videos, articles and relevant facts that...

2012-03-01 09:47:00

Film event highlights healthcare challenges for pregnant women HOUSTON, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to raise awareness about maternal and child health, Texas Children's Hospital and Every Mother Counts (EMC) are teaming up for a very special one-night event hosted by global maternal health advocate and founder of EMC, Christy Turlington Burns. The evening will include a reception screening of Turlington Burns' first documentary, No Woman, No Cry, and a...

2012-01-19 10:19:00

MORTON GROVE, Ill., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lifeway Foods, Inc., (NASDAQ: LWAY) a leading supplier of kefir and organic kefir cultured dairy products, today announced the kickoff of its national Every Mother Counts (EMC) Sweepstakes and fundraising campaign to support maternal health. Every Mother Counts is an advocacy and mobilization campaign founded by Christy Turlington Burns to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally. (Photo:...

2012-01-18 22:51:09

Sustainability is Key to Success, Says Study from Wake Forest Baptist A large regional hospital in Ghana saw a reduction in maternal and infant deaths after continuous quality improvement (QI) initiatives were put into place through a collaborative partnership. New research from lead author Medge Owen, M.D., a professor of obstetrical anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, outlines how QI initiatives that demonstrate best practices and care can increase overall survival...

2011-10-21 09:15:28

Violent deaths are outpacing traditional causes of maternal mortality, such as hemorrhage and preeclampsia, and conflicts with intimate partner are often a factor, researchers report. "We found that the mortality rate from homicide and suicide were more common than what we think of as traditional causes of maternal mortality," said Dr. Christie L. Palladino, an obstetrician-gynecologist and educational researcher at Georgia Health Sciences University. "It's not what you want to read, but...