Mother’s Day provides a special opportunity for us to reflect on the role moms play in our lives and in the lives of people around the world. Read more >>
A decade ago, Afghanistan’s health system collapsed, leaving crumbling and neglected infrastructure, widespread prevalence of malnutrition, infectious disease, and some of the highest maternal mortality rates the world had ever seen.
Originally published at Blog.AIDS.gov. Over thirty years ago, when the fight against HIV first began, the outlook for tackling the pandemic was bleak. Across the world, AIDS was seen as a death sentence. Within just a few years, it had devastated communities from the United States to South Africa. But the world continued to fight, […]
Ordinary women make extraordinary contributions as caregivers and caretakers, as breadwinners and bread-makers to families and societies. And even so, we know that women will not be able to thrive, unless they survive. On Tuesday, the U.S. Government celebrated remarkable country-level success in saving the lives of women during pregnancy and childbirth. Health ministers from […]
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” –Albert Einstein It all started with friendly bet amongst friends – who could get a cork out of an empty wine bottle with only a plastic bag? The friends had seen the trick on YouTube earlier and wanted to re-enact it. Somehow, Saving Lives at Birth finalist Jorge Odon, […]
Global maternal mortality has dropped by one third since 1990, but still every day an estimated 1,000 women lose their life in childbirth. For the past year, USAID, the UK Department for International Development, Australian Agency for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have worked in partnership to accelerate progress in improving […]
Taking a health sector initiative “to scale” and making it sustainable is a challenging development goal. Ambitious, but achievable. In Nepal, the Ministry of Health and Population has succeeded in bringing maternal and child health information and health services to every community in the country. This, in spite of the fact that the majority of […]