This Month In Maternal Health: What do Hilary Clinton, Sarah Ferguson, and the PM of Nepal have in common?
September has been a good month for those of us concerned about the issue of maternal health. Usually it can be difficult to track down stories about maternal health as a cause, but this month there's been a surplus - so much going on that we need to a round-up to just keep track! Which, in case you're wondering - which you shouldn't be - is a good thing. The more attention paid to the health of mothers, the better.
This month in maternal health:
Women's Policy Inc held a congressional briefing on technology and maternal health. There's a webcast of the briefing at the Women's Policy page, as well as a slideshow and other resources.
The Guardian (UK) reported on the Taskforce on Innovative International Financing for Health Systems, which has stated that user fees for health care have a powerfully negative impact on child and maternal health, "particularly in the world's
poorest communities. Figures published last week by Unicef show that
under-five mortality fell from 8.9 million in 2007 to 8.8 million in
2008." They call for raising investment in health care, so that such fees might be reduced or eliminated in poorer countries.
Unicef reported that child and infant mortality rates are on the decline, but noted that maternal mortality rates remain much too high.
Kenya is bringing birth attendants into their maternal health strategy. (A very good policy that more countries should adopt.)
Sarah Ferguson visited Nepal to advocate for the cause of maternal health, and to congratulate Nepal's Prime Minister on the progress that has been made in that country on improving infant mortality rates.
Daily Delivery reported on an innovative and promising initiative in India that focuses on raising literacy and awareness among women of maternal health issues.
Got any maternal health stories to share? Leave them in the comments!