Posts tagged ‘maternal health’

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:

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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)

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. ”

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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:

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

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.”

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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.”

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

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