Posts tagged ‘maternal health’

Infographic: “The Revolution will be led by a 12-year-old girl” @Womens_eNews @VitalVoices @Pinterest

Found on Pinterest thanks to Vital Voices and Women’s eNews!

August 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm 1 comment

Indian Women Leaders Recognized for Accomplishments in Promoting Health @UN_Women #India #hwhtw

Since India’s implementation of quotas in local government, women have put in an impressive performance – bravo!  (See also: “Women as Policy Makers“)

“Puniben Rajpara from Gujarat has improved water facilities in her village, while Shashi Kiran from Himachal Pradesh has demanded one-year maternity leave for working women in her area. At the Women’s Political Empowerment Day Celebrations 2012, they were two of the four outstanding elected women representatives from panchayats (village councils) who were honoured for their efforts to improve health and provide basic social amenities in their villages.”

Read the full article: http://www.unwomen.org/2012/05/elected-women-representatives-in-india-are-awarded-for-their-efforts-to-improve-health/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ungen+%28UN+gender+equality+news+feed%29

May 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Ban Ki-moon: “The Best Investment a Country Can Make” @UN #hwhtw #maternalhealth

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently spoke at a reception for the in support of “Every Woman Every Child”, in Mumbai, India.  He congratulated India on its efforts to eradicate polio, and challenged the crowd to put the same resources toward maternal and child health, calling it a “common sense approach”:

“[W]e share the same conviction that saving women’s and children’s lives is the best investment any country can make.  If a person is ill, or their child is sick, anyone with resources would not think twice about spending them on health care.  But, somehow, Governments often miss this common-sense approach to what matters in life.”

Read the full speech: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2012/sgsm14261.doc.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ungen+%28UN+gender+equality+news+feed%29

May 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: Every Mother Counts launches “No Mothers Day” @everymomcounts @CTurlington #hwhtw #moms

Every Mother Counts, founded by Christy Turlington Burns, and CHI & Partners are launching an innovative campaign this Mother’s Day to bring attention to the importance of maternal health care.

“The cornerstone of the campaign is a short social issue film that features moms encouraging other moms to join in solidarity by disappearing May 13th, Mother’s Day, because ‘our silence can speak the loudest for all mothers.’ Click here to watch the video.

“Our goal is to leverage Mother’s Day—the day when people are thinking about their mothers most—as a moment to bring the facts about maternal mortality to a wider audience. We believe that once people know the facts, they will want to do what they can to engage. Our hope is that the No Mothers Day campaign will spark energy into Every Mother Counts’ overarching goal of driving 5 million individual actions on maternal health by 2015.

“How You Can Help:
·      Spread the word about our short social issue film and sharing it with your network;
·      Sign up to take part in No Mothers Day yourself on our Facebook page;
·      Inform your friends about the issue of maternal health and with their help, we can prevent 90% of the fatalities that occur due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth; and
·      Post about the No Mothers Day campaign on your social media outlets with the language below.”

Whether you’re a mom, or just have one, find out how you can participate: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a37060f836a37740beac206a0&id=7e702b3c8d&e=f50fa4b46c

May 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

Video: ‘Mother Robin’ delivers for poor women in Indonesia @everymomcounts @CTurlington #hwhtw

“Mother” Robin Lim, a powerhouse midwife and maternal/child health advocate, was named a “CNN Hero” for her prenatal and birthing care clinics in Indonesia.  You can help her raise funds to build a new clinic by supporting Every Mother Counts in the Firefox challenge!

‘Mother Robin’ delivers for poor women in Indonesia
By Ebonne Ruffins, CNN

Bali, Indonesia (CNN) — At dawn, two women rise after sleeping on mats outside an Indonesian hospital.

They’ve waited all night for a chance to see their newborn babies, whom the hospital is holding until the medical bills are paid in full.

“Holding babies until payment is common in Indonesia,” said Robin Lim, a midwife who founded birthing clinics in Aceh and the island of Bali.

At this particular hospital in Bali, mothers who don’t pay are allowed in twice a day to feed their baby and change their baby’s diaper. Those fortunate enough to find the money may take their babies home. Others might relinquish their parental rights and place their babies up for adoption, Lim explained.

“You worry, ‘Will I be able to deliver this baby safely into the world?’ But you shouldn’t have to worry, ‘How will I pay for it?’ ” said Lim, 54.

“Mother Robin,” or “Ibu Robin” as she is called by the locals, is working to change that with her Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) health clinics. These birthing sanctuaries offer free prenatal care, birthing services and medical aid to anyone who needs it.

Read the CNN article: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/10/cnnheroes.lim.midwife/index.html

Donate to EMC in the Firefox Challenge: http://www.crowdrise.com/EMCChallenge

January 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: The Firefox Challenge @everymomcounts @CTurlington #hwhtw

Mozilla has partnered with some civic-minded celebrities to raise money for charity this holiday season!  In the Firefox Challenge, Mozilla started off with a $5,000 donation to each celebrity charity, and will give $25,000 more to the charity that raises the most funds by January 11.

One of the celebrities in the Challenge is supermodel and maternal health activist (and HWHTW heroine) Christy Turlington Burns.  Her nonprofit, Every Mother Counts, is currently raising funds to build a much-needed new maternal health clinic in Indonesia.  Click here to make a donation – and if you give at least $16, you’ll be entered to win an Every Mother Counts t-shirt autographed by Christy herself!

Learn more or donate: http://www.crowdrise.com/EMCChallenge

December 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

Saving Mothers’ Lives Amid the Afghanistan Drawdown @gaylelemmon #hwhtw

gayle lemmon photoHere’s a brand-new article on maternal health in Afghanistan from Gayle Lemmon and Isobel Coleman in Bloomberg Business Week.  Gayle says, “Turns out that maternal health is one of the best investments the US has made in the country.”

Afghan Women Stand to Lose in U.S. Drawdown

By Isobel Coleman and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) — As the U.S. begins withdrawing from Afghanistan, Afghans are wondering whether this is the beginning of the end of serious American engagement.

After spending almost $1 trillion and suffering close to 4,000 American deaths, will Washington cut and run? Or will it seek a “responsible end” to the war, as President Barack Obama has claimed?

The answer will depend in large part on how the U.S. continues to support the Afghan government and people. Americans are understandably tired of financing big, expensive initiatives that are riddled with corruption and can’t be maintained by Afghans themselves. As incoming Ambassador Ryan Crocker said, the objective must be to invest in projects that meet the goal of “sustainable stability.”

In a worrying sign, Washington is on the verge of eviscerating one of its most successful and cost-effective programs: improving maternal health.

Read the full article: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-08-07/afghan-women-stand-to-lose-in-u-s-drawdown-coleman-and-lemmon.html

August 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Take Action: “21 Words – Don’t Let Women and Children Suffer”

The Better World Campaign needs your help to keep Congress from de-funding UN women’s and children’s health programs:

21 words. Just 21 unfortunate words are in a new bill that has been introduced in Congress that would end funding for UN programs that promote the health of women and children in 150 countries around the world.

“The legislation, HR 2059, is just 21 words long:

“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of State may not make a contribution to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)”

Take action: https://secure.globalproblems-globalsolutions.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=303

For more info on UNFPA: http://www.unfpa.org/public/

June 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Video: Christy Turlington Burns on why Every Mother Counts

Ever wondered why maternal health is so important?  Here’s a great video of Christy Turlington Burns describing why she chose to get involved in raising awareness for maternal and child health.  Her passion for the cause prompted her to found a nonprofit, Every Mother Counts, and create a film on maternal health, No Woman No Cry.  (Video by Positively Positive)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOdDWcn1fSY

May 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm 2 comments

State of the World’s Mothers 2011

According to the Foundation Center’s Philanthropy News Digest, a new report outlines how global maternal health supports U.S. national security:

“The 2011 Mother’s Index from Save the Children ranks the United States thirty-first among 164 countries in the well-being of mothers and children, as measured by health, education, and economic status. According to State of the World’s Mothers 2011 (42 pages, PDF), Norway, Australia, and Iceland are the three “best places to be a mother,” while eight of the ten “worst” countries to be a mother are in sub-Saharan Africa. Ranked at the very bottom is Afghanistan, where a woman typically has fewer than five years of education and the mortality rate for children under the age of five is 20 percent. The report features essays from former business and military leaders, politicians, academics, and religious leaders, including members of Save the Children’s board, that highlight the effectiveness of low-cost, low-tech strategies designed to improve access to basic health care and which suggest that women’s empowerment is not only a moral imperative, but in the economic, environmental, and national security interest of the United States. ”

Read more: http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/connections/conn_item.jhtml?id=338800008

May 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Expanding Access to Finance for Health e-Conference: March 29-30

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and the USAID Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector project (SHOPS) are hosting an online conference on “the use of financial services to strengthen the global health care supply chain”.  

SHOPS is a five-year cooperative agreement focusing on “increasing availability, improving quality, and expanding coverage of essential health products and services in family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and other health areas through the private sector.”

Join participants from Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar,  Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, the UK, the US, and Zambia (and that’s just who’s signed up so far) in learning about finance in healthcare!

To register for the online conference or learn more: http://www.shopsproject.org/about/announcements/expanding-access-finance-health-e-conference-0?tr=y&auid=8016972

March 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment

Food Stamps and Healthy Food Choices

Baltimore-based blogger and chef Gay Shackelford has challenged herself to eat healthy on a food-stamps budget for a month.

“Approximately 40 million Americans rely on the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as food stamps…  So I wonder, is it possible to eat well on a food stamp budget?  I’ve decided to try.  For one month, our household will attempt to live on the average allotment received by food stamp program participants in Baltimore.”

Food choices are often a woman’s responsibility, and have profound consequences for her health, and her family’s.  Keep up with the experiment at http://myfoodstampproject.wordpress.com/

January 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm 1 comment

Gayle Lemmon: Afghanistan’s Appalling Pregnancy Deaths

gayle lemmon photo“Every 30 minutes, a pregnant woman dies in Afghanistan. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon reports from Kabul on a courageous young woman determined to change that.”

Read more: http://bit.ly/gv2ePy

January 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

Every Mother Counts

Supermodel-turned-activist Christy Turlington Burns is on a mission to promote maternal health.  Her nonprofit, Every Mother Counts, provides health services to women in the developing world and advocates for maternal health-friendly policies here at home.  And coming soon: No Woman No Cry, the movie.

“In her gripping directorial debut, Christy Turlington Burns shares the powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States.”

Read more: http://everymothercounts.org/

Follow Christy on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cturlington

December 22, 2010 at 11:45 am Leave a comment

1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future

On September 22, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nicholas Clegg, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will announce a five-year public-private global alliance to contribute to the goal of reducing the unmet need for family planning by 100 million women, expand skilled birth attendance and facility-based deliveries, and increase the number of women and newborns receiving quality post-natal care by 2015.”

Secretary Clinton says: “We also know enough about the science of nutrition to know these interventions have the biggest impact when they occur during the first 1,000 days of a child’s existence. That begins with pregnancy and continues through a child’s second birthday. Interventions after that second birthday make a difference, but often cannot undo the damage that was done because of the undernutrition during the first 1,000 days. So we can be very targeted with our investments to save and improve the greatest number of lives.”

Read more:

Secretary Clinton’s speech: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2010/09/147512.htm

1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future website: http://www.thousanddays.org/

September 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm Leave a comment


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