Posted in Events, Ghana, News, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Videos, tagged 2010 conference, access, adolescent girls, advocacy, child health, development, First Ladies, gender, Ghana, global conference, health policy, highlights, Hillary Clinton, infant health, maternal health, maternal mortality, MDG4, MDG5, MDGs, media, Minister's Forum, MMD, outcomes, Parliamentarians, photos, plenaries, Pocket Card, policymakers, poverty, reproductive health, Secretary General, Sierra Leone, summary, Tanzania, Top Five Highlights, UN, United Nations, utilization, videos, Washington DC, webcast, Women Deliver, World Bank, youth, Zanzibar on July 11, 2010|
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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.
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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Posted in News, tagged advocacy, analysis, Chris Murray, Christopher Murray, Columbia Journalism Review, journalism, Lancet, maternal and child health, maternal death, maternal deaths, maternal health, maternal mortality, media coverage, new estimates, reporting, Richard Horton, The Lancet, UN, United Nations on April 16, 2010|
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On Wednesday, the Columbia Journalism Review published a thoughtful analysis of how the media is covering the new global maternal mortality estimates published in the Lancet on Monday. The piece provides a good overview of how a handful of major news organizations are choosing to frame the story–raising questions about why some organizations are choosing to focus on the content of the Lancet paper, while others ere focusing more on the ‘side story’ of a group of maternal health advocates who apparently pressured the Lancet not to publish the paper ( at least not to publish it yet). The Columbia Journalism Review analysis concludes that, overall, the reporting on this story has been “simple” and “narrowly focused.”
“…A slew of news articles this week have focused on two recent reports about the number of women who die during pregnancy or in childbirth around the world every year.
The reports don’t exactly agree, and with public health experts and heads of state meeting at the United Nations this week to discuss maternal and child health issues, it is no surprise that some squabbling over the data has emerged. Unfortunately, reporters have not provided much detail or clarity about either the squabbling or the data…”
Read the full analysis here.
What do you think about how the media is covering this story?
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Posted in Argentina, News, tagged abortion, abortion complications, adolescents, Argentina, Buenos Aires, HIV/AIDS, illegal abortion, inequities, Latin America, maternal death, maternal health, maternal mortality, MDG5, UN, UNFPA, United Nations on March 24, 2010|
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The Latin American Herald Tribune reports on a new study by UNFPA that highlights the incidence of maternal deaths, the frequency of abortion, and the concentration of new HIV cases among the most marginalized sector of the Argentine population.
The Latin American Herald Tribune
“…The maternal mortality rate remains ‘relatively elevated in relation to the available health services in the country.’
The study, presented at the U.N. Information Center in Buenos Aires, adds that complications from abortion over the past 15 years have remained the main cause of maternal deaths.
But given that induced abortion is illegal in Argentina, ‘its magnitude can only be estimated by indirect means,’ which show that voluntary terminations of pregnancy oscillate between 372,000 and 522,000 per year.
Among the main victims are the teenage members of the population, the fertility rates for whom show ‘many disparities’ when one compares Argentina’s impoverished north with the main urban centers…”
Read the full story, UN Report Highlights Inequality in Argentina.
For additional information on maternal mortality in Argentina, click here.
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Posted in India, Opportunities in Maternal Health, tagged Africa, birth kits, evaluation, evidence, formative research, health systems interventions, health systems strengthening, Immpact, implementation, India, job, job description, job opportunity, literature review, maternal health, maternal mortality, MDG5, millennium development goal 5, Millennium Development Goals, Norwegian Government, opportunity in maternal health, proposals, quality, quality of care, research, Research Assistant, study, UN, United Nations, University of Aberdeen on March 10, 2010|
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Immpact is looking for a researcher to conduct a scientific literature review of the quality of international maternal health care—and prepare proposals/implementation of formative research studies to improve quality of maternal health services in developing countries.
Screenshot from Immpact website.
About Immpact and their current research activities
“Immpact is a research unit at the University of Aberdeen with a focus on knowledge generation, knowledge management and knowledge transfer dedicated to reducing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in developing countries. This is a global research initiative whose aim is to promote better health and is closely linked with global efforts to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals for 2015, especially those related to maternal mortality reduction.
Immpact has recently been awarded funding by the Norwegian Government to conduct multiple research activities related to improving the quality of maternal care in developing countries, including systematic literature reviews, formative research and developing a large-scale international field trial testing package of quality of delivery care interventions including birth kits. The current focus of the research project is India and a few selected African countries.
This initiative will contribute to the better conceptual understanding of quality of care available via maternal health services and will generate evidence on the means improving maternal care in the context of developing countries.
The study will improve the quality of delivery care and strengthen health systems, and thus impact upon maternal mortality. The key potential outputs will be:
- Scientific literature reviews to describe status of quality of maternal care and to identify the effective health systems interventions in developing countries.
- Prioritisation and pre-testing of promising targeted interventions through series of formative research activities
- Robust evaluation of the quality of a delivery care intervention package in target developing countries”
Download the full job description here.
See the online posting here.
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Posted in Haiti, Public Health and Technology, Reproductive Health in Disaster Settings, the Millennium Development Goals and the Media, unintended pregnancy, unmet need, tagged access, adolescents, ambulance, Ann Starrs, birth control, Bureau for International Reporting (BIR), contraceptives, earthquake, education, Family Care International, family planning, global health, Haiti, Haitian Health Foundation, HIV/AIDS, journalism, maternal death, maternal health, maternal health supplies, maternal mortality, MDG5, media, midwives, Millennium Development Goals, Millennium Development Goals and the Media, multimedia, NOW, NOW PBS, PBS, pre-natal, skilled birth attendant, transportation, UNFPA, unintended pregnancy, United Nations, unmet need, youth on February 3, 2010|
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A NOW team from PBS recently went to Haiti to investigate high levels of maternal mortality in the country. They happened to be in the Haiti when the earthquake hit. In collaboration with the Bureau for International Reporting (BIR), a non-profit video news production company, PBS produced Saving Haiti’s Mothers, a show that examines the state of maternal health in Haiti before the earthquake and immediately following it.
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“Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake, in addition to leaving lives and institutions in ruin, also exacerbated a longtime lethal risk in Haiti: Dying during childbirth. Challenges in transportation, education, and quality health care contribute to Haiti having the highest maternal mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere, a national crisis even before the earthquake struck. While great strides are being made with global health issues like HIV/AIDS, maternal mortality figures worldwide have seen virtually no improvement in 20 years. Worldwide, over 500,000 women die each year during pregnancy. This week, a NOW team that had been working in Haiti during the earthquake reports on this deadly but correctable trend. They meet members of the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF), which operates a network of health agents in more than 100 villages, engaging in pre-natal visits, education, and emergency ambulance runs for pregnant women…”
Read the full story and watch the special here.
Learn more about Haitian Health Foundation, UNFPA, and Family Care International—all organizations featured in the show.
Visit the Bureau for International Reporting (BIR) site here.
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