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Melinda Gates Reflects On RMNCH, Debate Around Abortion

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Reflections on My Recent Travels Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reflects on RMNCH (Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health) and issues surrounding access to abortion (6/2).

Midwives Can Prevent Two-Thirds Of Maternal, Newborn Deaths, U.N. Report Says

Media outlets highlight a new U.N. report, titled “State of the World’s Midwifery 2014.” Humanosphere: Midwives can avert two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, says U.N. “…Increasing the number of midwives could prevent as many as two-thirds of all maternal and newborn deaths, says a new report released today by…

‘World Needs To Ensure’ Women, Infants Survive Pregnancy, Childbirth

Huffington Post: Healthy Babies Michael Møller, acting director general of United Nations Office at Geneva “…Babies should be born healthy and the world needs to ensure this happens. … The public launch of the Every Newborn Action Plan will be in Johannesburg at the end of June. Experts here in…

Midwifery Report Provides Outline To Broaden Maternal, Child Health Care In LMICs

The following opinion pieces address the availability of midwifery care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as well as the “State of the World’s Midwifery 2014” report. Huffington Post: Midwives: An Essential Resource for Ensuring Safer Deliveries Ward Cates, president emeritus of FHI 360, and Patsy Bailey, senior scientist with…

Liberian President Makes Reducing Maternal Death Top Priority

VOA News: Liberia’s Sirleaf Tackles One of Africa’s Highest Maternal Death Rates “Upon assuming the presidency in 2006, Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf promised to tackle many national problems made worse by a decade of civil war. One of her goals was to curtail the maternal death rate, which has soared…

Canada’s Maternal, Child Health Funding Must Be ‘Appropriate And Accepted’

Huffington Post Canada: Giving Money Towards Maternal Health Is Only Part of a Solution Blake Bromley, international charity lawyer “…Summits which focus on money and star power make me skeptical that the media event is more important than the substance covered in the meetings. … However, reading Prime Minister Harper’s…

World Sees Large Gains In Life Expectancy, WHO Report Says

Media outlets discuss the WHO’s “World Health Statistics 2014” report, which was released on Thursday. Bloomberg Businessweek: People Live Longer as Child Mortality Falls, Treatments Improve “Life expectancy around the world surged in the past two decades as the rate of child mortality declined in Africa and wealthier countries improved…

PRI Examines C-Section Birth Rate In Brazil

PRI: In Brazil, half of all mothers have c-sections — whether they want it or not “Cesarean sections were intended as emergency surgery to get a baby out of a woman’s womb when complications arose during vaginal childbirth. But in some parts of the world, they are almost standard practice…

Global Life Expectancy Grows But Gaps Remain Between High-, Low-Income Nations

News outlets continue to cover the WHO’s report on global life expectancy. Reuters: Global life expectancy rises again, but new challenges loom “…Big advances in the battles against infectious diseases such as measles, malaria, tuberculosis and polio have continued to extend life expectancy although other factors, such as people’s lifestyles,…

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