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Motherland Afghanistan

May 15, 2012

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One in seven Afghan women currently dies in childbirth. Motherland Afghanistan introduces the women behind these devastating statistics. Afghan American filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi examines her father’s works as an OB/GYN as he struggles to make a difference, first at Kabul’s recently renamed Laura Bush Maternity Ward and then in an isolated provincial hospital, where patients […]

To Save Mothers, Let’s Lower 5 Basic Risks

May 10, 2012

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WeNews commentator Thursday, May 10, 2012 Eighty percent of all maternal deaths globally can be attributed to five basic risks. Let’s do more to treat hemorrhage, infection, unsafe abortion, hypertensive disorders and obstructed labor. (WOMENSENEWS)–While working in remote Papua New Guinea last year with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres my team and I heard about […]

U.S. Moms Die at Higher Rate than Irish, Italian

May 9, 2012

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By Samantha Kimmey WeNews correspondent Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Scandinavian nations continue to dominate the annual healthy motherhood rankings by Save the Children. This year Niger came in last, just behind Afghanistan. The United States rose six spots because of girls’ access to education, not better health. (WOMENSENEWS)–Pregnancy and motherhood can bring joy and or […]

She braves bullets to bring healthcare to women

May 3, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivist The frail and seemingly calm Udasi Sahu manages to conceal the excitement of her first plane journey. But the 42-year-old health worker can’t conceal the thrill of her job – trying to change the face of maternal health in conflict-torn districts of Odisha. Spanning a journey across the boondocks of north Odisha’s […]

Akshaya Tritiya: Hotbed of child marriages

April 27, 2012

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On the auspicious day of ‘Akshaya Tritiya’, thousands of child brides become victims of early marriage in India. Chaitra Arjunpuri Last Modified: 24 Apr 2012 Child marriage dates back to India’s ancient period [EPA] “I am one of those unfortunate Hindu women whose hard lot is to suffer the unnameable miseries entailed by the custom […]

World Bank must re-evaluate its strategies to cut maternal mortality

March 6, 2012

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Deaths in childbirth would drop further if the bank cut fees and expanded grants in its spending on reproductive health Posted by Elizabeth Arend Tuesday 6 March 2012 Children hold placards during a campaign in Freetown against maternal deaths in Sierre Leone, which has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. […]

Revealed: The best and worst places to be a woman

March 4, 2012

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An Independent on Sunday investigation to mark International Women’s Day unearths some surprising results… Sarah Morrison Sunday 04 March 2012 When more than half of the world’s population wakes up on Thursday – the 101st International Women’s Day – it will be hard to know whether to celebrate or give in to despair. A British […]

MYANMAR-THAILAND: Dying for lack of reproductive healthcare

February 11, 2012

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Photo: Contributor/IRINDisadvantaged at birth BANGKOK, 10 February 2012 (IRIN) – Lack of access to reproductive health services in Myanmar has led to high rates of maternal deaths and unplanned pregnancies among the country’s displaced, migrant and refugee populations, say health experts. “There are huge unmet reproductive health needs for contraceptives, family planning, and access to […]

KENYA-SOMALIA: Breaking with tradition on reproductive health

September 14, 2011

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14 Sep 2011 14:15Source: Content partner // IRIN DADAAB, 14 September 2011 (IRIN) – Most Somali women fleeing to northeastern Kenya’s Dadaab in northeastern Kenya have never visited an antenatal clinic, let alone given birth in a hospital. “When I see an expectant mother or one with a small child, I ask them whether they […]

KENYA-SOMALIA: Breaking with tradition on reproductive health

September 14, 2011

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14 Sep 2011 14:15Source: Content partner // IRIN DADAAB, 14 September 2011 (IRIN) – Most Somali women fleeing to northeastern Kenya’s Dadaab in northeastern Kenya have never visited an antenatal clinic, let alone given birth in a hospital. “When I see an expectant mother or one with a small child, I ask them whether they […]

Reproductive Health Security Empowers Women’s Choices

September 9, 2011

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By Elizabeth Whitman UNITED NATIONS, Sep 8, 2011 (IPS) – Each day, one thousand women die in childbirth and one million people become infected with sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including 7,000 cases of HIV. Yet these numbers are preventable, experts insist, when countries possess the resources and willpower to address and deal with them. Dignitaries […]

Reproductive Health Security Empowers Women’s Choices

September 9, 2011

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By Elizabeth Whitman UNITED NATIONS, Sep 8, 2011 (IPS) – Each day, one thousand women die in childbirth and one million people become infected with sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including 7,000 cases of HIV. Yet these numbers are preventable, experts insist, when countries possess the resources and willpower to address and deal with them. Dignitaries […]

Haiti quake creates new crisis among women, girls

August 31, 2011

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By Jacqueline CharlesMiami Herald PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Fourteen-day-old Alexandro Joseph has never seen a doctor and 7-month-old Lovemika Belzi has suffered from diarrhea since the day she was born. In the sprawling camps that continue to dot this broken capital after last year’s devastating earthquake, health and human rights officials warn of an another crisis: […]

Haiti quake creates new crisis among women, girls

August 31, 2011

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By Jacqueline CharlesMiami Herald PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Fourteen-day-old Alexandro Joseph has never seen a doctor and 7-month-old Lovemika Belzi has suffered from diarrhea since the day she was born. In the sprawling camps that continue to dot this broken capital after last year’s devastating earthquake, health and human rights officials warn of an another crisis: […]

Patchy Healthcare Adds to Miseries of Women and Girls

August 31, 2011

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By Inaki Borda Haitian women and girls living in makeshift camps run a high risk of sexual violence. Credit:UN Photo/Sophia Paris NEW YORK, Aug 30, 2011 (IPS) – “I just gave birth on the ground…I had no drugs for pain during delivery,” one Haitian mother tells Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report released Tuesday […]

Patchy Healthcare Adds to Miseries of Women and Girls

August 31, 2011

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By Inaki Borda Haitian women and girls living in makeshift camps run a high risk of sexual violence. Credit:UN Photo/Sophia Paris NEW YORK, Aug 30, 2011 (IPS) – “I just gave birth on the ground…I had no drugs for pain during delivery,” one Haitian mother tells Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report released Tuesday […]

SOUTH AFRICA Failing Women as Maternal Mortality Quadruples

August 10, 2011

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By Terna Gyuse CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Aug 9, 2011 (IPS) – Only six sub-Saharan African countries have failed to reduce the number of women dying in childbirth over the last two decades. High-spending South Africa is among them, with maternal mortality rates more than quadrupling since 1990. Human Rights Watch researcher Agnes Odhiambo says […]

SOUTH AFRICA Failing Women as Maternal Mortality Quadruples

August 10, 2011

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By Terna Gyuse CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Aug 9, 2011 (IPS) – Only six sub-Saharan African countries have failed to reduce the number of women dying in childbirth over the last two decades. High-spending South Africa is among them, with maternal mortality rates more than quadrupling since 1990. Human Rights Watch researcher Agnes Odhiambo says […]

Teenage brides suffer pain and shame of fistula

August 8, 2011

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04 Aug 2011 08:00Source: trustlaw // Katy Migiro Farhiya Mohamed Farah developed a hole between her vagina and rectum, causing faeces to leak from her body, after giving birth to her first child at age 18 while fleeing gunfire in Somalia. ALERTNET/Katy Migiro This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage […]

Teenage brides suffer pain and shame of fistula

August 8, 2011

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04 Aug 2011 08:00Source: trustlaw // Katy Migiro Farhiya Mohamed Farah developed a hole between her vagina and rectum, causing faeces to leak from her body, after giving birth to her first child at age 18 while fleeing gunfire in Somalia. ALERTNET/Katy Migiro This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage […]

UGANDA: Too many deaths in childbirth

August 8, 2011

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04 Aug 2011 14:49 Source: Content partner // IRIN KAMPALA/GULU, 4 August 2011 (IRIN) – Bribes, poorly trained medical staff and the lack of medical care for pregnant HIV-positive mothers are among the reasons for high rates of infant and maternal mortality in Uganda. NGOs want to see more government action. According to the latest […]

UGANDA: Too many deaths in childbirth

August 8, 2011

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04 Aug 2011 14:49 Source: Content partner // IRIN KAMPALA/GULU, 4 August 2011 (IRIN) – Bribes, poorly trained medical staff and the lack of medical care for pregnant HIV-positive mothers are among the reasons for high rates of infant and maternal mortality in Uganda. NGOs want to see more government action. According to the latest […]