New report highlights global midwife shortage

New report highlights global midwife shortage

Joe DeCapua for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: A new report said there’s a severe shortage of midwives in more than 70 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Those countries suffer 96 percent of the world’s maternal deaths and more than 90 percent of stillbirths and newborn deaths. The […]

Ethiopia is Saving Mothers and Children

Ethiopia is Saving Mothers and Children

Katy Migiro for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Science & Health (WNN/TRF) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA:  Pregnancy-related deaths in Ethiopia have fallen by nearly two-thirds, making it the African country that has most successfully lowered its maternal mortality rate thanks to its lifesaving investment in female health workers and girls’ education, Save the Children said […]

UN award recongnizes recipients with a lifetime of dedication to women

UN award recongnizes recipients with a lifetime of dedication to women

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: An Italian Catholic priest, who is also a medical doctor, and a non-profit organization in the United States have been chosen this year as recipients of the 2014 United Nations Population Award that recognized outstanding service to women, health and the field of reproductive services. […]

Healthy Mothers, Healthy World

Healthy Mothers, Healthy World

Betsy McCallon – Huffington Post – Friday, 10 May 2013 (originally published 09 May) White Ribbon Alliance welcomes the report by Save the Children into the state of the world’s mothers. It’s another strong reminder that we must invest in women and girls if we are to have healthy societies. Providing the right health care […]

UN hails midwives’ contribution to maternal health around the world

UN hails midwives’ contribution to maternal health around the world

UN News Centre – Wednesday, 08 May 2013 (originally published 06 May) 6 May 2013 – Midwives can make the difference between life and death for hundreds of thousands of women every year, the United Nations population agency affirmed today, recognizing their crucial role in improving maternal health, family planning and assisting during humanitarian emergencies. […]

Filipino women take lead in resolving Mindanao conflict

Filipino women take lead in resolving Mindanao conflict

Simon Tisdall – Guardian – Friday, 15 February 2013 (originally published 13 Feb) The idea that a woman can mediate successfully between armed groups of hostile men, and that one of these groups comprises hardline, sharia-touting Islamists, might seem far-fetched to traditional western societies. But not so in the Philippines, where not one but two […]

Fewer women dying in childbirth

Fewer women dying in childbirth

United Nations – The Gleaner – Tuesday, 29 May 2012 (originally published 21 May) Every two minutes, a woman dies of pregnancy-related complications, the four most common causes being severe bleeding after childbirth, infections, high blood pressure during pregnancy, and unsafe abortion. Ninety-nine per cent of maternal deaths occur in developing countries; most could have […]