*Due to my current position in rural India and my limited internet access, I am not posting/updating regularly. I hope to get back to posting regularly later this year!*
“Many people consider the day their child was born the happiest day in their life. In the world’s wealthier countries, that is. In poorer countries, the day a child is born is all too often the day the mother dies.”
Scope of the Problem
According to an April 2010 publication out of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, an estimated 343,000 women died around the world from complications related to pregnancy in 2008. That is 940 a day.
In the year 2000, 189 world leaders convened at the United Nations Millennium Summit to make a promise. They signed the Millennium Declaration and promised to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. They agreed to eight goals with measurable indicators and specific deadlines to improve the lives of the world’s poorest and most marginalized populations.
Millennium Development Goal 5
Reduce by three-quarters the maternal mortality ratio
Achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health services
In the name of the nearly 940 women who die each day around the world from pregnancy complications, Maternal Mortality Daily tracks news and blogs addressing global maternal mortality by providing summaries and excerpts–and linking to a variety of news sources, blogs and websites of organizations working in maternal health. Consider Maternal Mortality Daily the one-stop-shop for up-to-date info on progress toward Millennium Development Goal 5 and opportunities in the maternal health field–on a daily basis.
I am Kate Mitchell. I completed my MPH in International Health at Boston University. For my ‘culminating experience’ at BU, I put together a 25 minute multimedia piece on the issue of maternal mortality in the Dominican Republic. Until very recently, I was working on the Knowledge Management team of the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. At the end of August, I moved to India to work on the MANSI (Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative) project as a William J. Clinton Fellow.
I look forward to your help and participation on this blog. I do my best to keep the site up to date with useful and interesting info–but I certainly don’t capture everything! That is where you come in! Let me know what you are working on. Use this blog as a platform to share information on new programs and/or research you are working on. Let me know if you hear about any maternal health news or opportunities that should be posted. I am counting on you to help me keep the site up to date and as useful as possible!