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On July 1st, the Women Deliver team announced the top five highlights from the 2010 conference (June 7-9). See below for a summary of the conference highlights–with links to publications, videos, photos, and additional information that came out of the conference.

This post was originally posted on the Women Deliver website and is reposted on MMD with permission from Women Deliver.
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Women Deliver 2010 Conference participants

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the second Women Deliver global conference. To put world leaders on notice that the time for action on maternal health is now, 3,400 advocates, policymakers, development leaders, health care professionals, youth, and media from 146 countries converged on Washington, DC on June 7-9 at Women Deliver 2010. More than 800 speeches and presentations were given at the six plenaries and 120 breakout sessions.  The heads of five UN agencies, plus the Secretary-General of the United Nations, attended. Thirty countries, UN agencies, the World Bank, corporations, and foundations helped support Women Deliver. Please see below for highlights and recaps of the conference.

1. Key Statements. Read the outcome statements from the:

2. Webcasts. Watch the videos from our plenary sessions and our press conferences, and watch Hillary Clinton’s address to the Women Deliver 2010 attendees.

3. Photos. Take a look at photos from the plenary sessions, breakout sessions and other conference events, and download them at no cost.

4. Programme. Review the plenary and breakout sessions that were held at Women Deliver 2010.

5. Publications and Advocacy Tools. Visit our Knowledge Center to download publications and advocacy tools, including:

Stay tuned for our summary report on breakout sessions by theme.

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Maternal Mortality in Sierra Leone: The Story of Mamma is a collection of photos and captions that tell the tragic story of the death of Mamma Sessay, an 18-year old who lost her life giving birth in Sierra Leone, a country with one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world.

Time

The captions on the photos explain that Mamma was forced to marry at age 14 and first gave birth when she was 15. At the age of 18, she gave birth to the first of a pair of twins and then her contractions stopped…

View the photo essay here.

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Amnesty International will convene three public town hall meetings with Amnesty International leaders and local partner organizations. The three events will be held in San Francisco (April 14th), Detroit (April 17th), and New York City (April 19th).

Amnesty International USA
“Amnesty International will host discussions with local maternal health experts and its national leaders from the United States, Burkina Faso, Peru, and Sierra Leone — countries where the human rights organization has launched campaigns to prevent unacceptably high rates of maternal deaths.”

Wednesday, April 14, San Francisco
5:30-7:30 p.m., San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street
Contact and RSVP: Will Butkus (wbutkus@aiusa.org)

Saturday, April 17, Detroit
2-4 p.m., Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road.
Contact: Carrie Neff (cneff@aiusa.org)

Monday, April 19, New York City
6:30 p.m. (doors open 5:30 p.m.), Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive
Contact: Thenjiwe McHarris (tmcharris@aiusa.org).

For more details on these events, click here.

For more information on Amnesty’s recent report on maternal health in the United States, click here.

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The government of Sierra Leone has announced an end to health center user fees for pregnant women, lactating mothers, and children under five. Questions remain regarding the multiple factors that contribute to maternal death in Sierra Leone.

IRIN Humanitarian News and Analysis

In this story, IRIN Humanitarian News and Analysis takes a closer look at the issue of maternal mortality and raises concerns regarding the various factors leading to extremely high levels of maternal mortality in Sierra Leone, factors that will likely not be addressed by a quick-fix abolition of user fees.

“…C.T.H. Bell, a gynaecologist with the privately owned New Life hospital in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, says that more critical than free treatment is speed of decision-making in the home, an efficient transport infrastructure, and prompt treatment on arrival at a health centre…

…Monir Islam, head of WHO’s Making Pregnancies Safer Programme, told IRIN poor roads and a lack of ambulances made it hard for people from rural areas to get to a city for emergency care. ‘Free care means little on its own. If women cannot make it to a centre, what good is free care?’…”

Read the full story, Free Care for Expectant Mothers: Is it Enough?

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A fall in the number of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth was announced at a National Maternal Death Review Committee dialogue meeting.

Cocorioko

“Dr Kisito Daoh, chief medical officer of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, said the implementation of a maternal death review had been essential due to the high number of women dying every day. Since the beginning of the programme, the death rate has fallen from 30 fatalities a day to five, he claimed. Even so, Dr Daoh said this figure remains too high, and the government is committed to further reductions. He insisted that the fight against maternal death is part of President Koroma’s agenda for change in Sierra Leone…”

Read more here.

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GHANA
Peace FM Online

Training workshop focused on enhancing the role of the media in the achievement of the MDGs

The United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), PANOS West Africa and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty Ghana (GCAP) recently organized a 3-day training workshop for journalists on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The workshop concluded on Saturday with a call from Ms. Sylvia Mwichuli, Acting Deputy Director of the African Office of the UNMC, for journalists to go beyond reporting straight news and engage in more evidence-based coverage of the MDG issues. The workshop was attended by journalists from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Ghana who explored the roles for journalists in creating awareness surrounding the Millennium Development Goals.

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SIERRA LEONE
www.cocorioko.net

Amnesty International has joined the fight against maternal mortality in Sierra Leone.
The organization has collaborated with Nigerian actress Omotola Ekeinde and four Sierra Leonean musicians to release a music video called ‘Bellé Woman, dae suffer’ (Pregnant Women Are Suffering). The song tells the story of the suffering of pregnant women in Sierra Leone and explains some of the issues surrounding the high levels of maternal mortality in the country. The musicians call on governments and NGOs to take a stand against maternal mortality in Sierra Leone.

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