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Bangladesh: Maternal Deaths Decline by 40 Percent in Less Than 10 Years

Bangladesh is on track to meet the 2015 deadline for U.N. Millennium Development Goal 5 (50 percent reduction in maternal deaths).   The Bangladesh Maternal Mortality and Health Service Survey [PDF] jointly funded by the Government of Bangladesh, USAID, Australian Aid (AusAID) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) found that maternal deaths in Bangladesh […]

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Maternal Death Preventable and Treatable with Low-Cost Interventions

Despite the challenges faced in reducing maternal mortality, USAID has helped to demonstrate that real progress can be made. Read more >>

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The Ability to Plan Your Family Is a Game Changer

There are an estimated 215 million women who wish they had the ability to plan their family but don’t have access to contraceptives. Read more >>

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Midwives from Afghanistan Gather for Capacity Building Training in Alexandria, Egypt

Afghan midwives with their Egyptian trainer at the end of the USAID/Afghanistan funded capacity building training held in Egypt. Photo Credit: USAID/Egypt

USAID/Egypt Director lauds Egypt on its achievement of Millennium Development Goal 4 of reducing the under-five mortality rate by two thirds between 1990 and 2015. Read more >>

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U.S. Pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

USAID joins the U.S.’s commitment to saving lives devastated by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria through the Global Fund. Read more >>

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Dr. Raj. Shah Attends Launch of Pakistan’s Birthspacing Initiative

The U.S. and Pakistan have consulted closely on the shared objectives of addressing Pakistan’s National Health Policy, which outlines the priorities for the nation, which include family planning, maternal and child health, workforce development, and combating infectious diseases to meet the Millennium Development Goals.  On Sunday, Dr. Shah attended the launch of the Pakistan Ministry […]

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In Mozambique, Religious Leaders Unite Together Against Malaria

Left unchecked, disease imperils the stability and prosperity of all; therefore, improving global health out­comes is a shared responsibility. This means reaching out to community elders, leaders, and religious groups to ensure the quality and reach of health services and messages. Religious leaders, along with their well-established networks of volunteers and community groups, have the […]

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Focusing on Quality Assurance for Malaria Diagnostics

Maria José Inés, chief nurse at the Benfica Baixa Health Center in the city of Huambo in Angola, has seen many patients with fever over the years and treated countless malaria patients. In many parts of Africa, a majority of fevers have been more likely due to other pathogens than with malaria parasites, underscoring the need for […]

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Insecticide-treated Mosquito Nets Save Lives

In Africa, malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes that bite predominantly at night. Therefore, sleeping under an insecticide-treated net (ITN) can greatly reduce the risk of infection because ITNs repel mosquitoes and kill those that land on them. Increasing ownership and use of ITNs is a key component of President Malaria Initiative’s (PMI’s) prevention strategy. Launched in […]

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Increasing the Involvement of Men in Women’s Health

Reducing maternal deaths by 75 percent throughout the world by 2015 will take the involvement of men in countries where it matters most. Many of the countries where USAID works are male dominated cultures. To improve maternal health outcomes for women in developing countries, men must be equal partners since they are the decision makers […]

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