Child Health: Immunization
Senegalese children say hello. Credit: GAVI/PATH/Ricky Shryock
02 October 2015Article
Overwhelming evidence demonstrates that immunizations are among the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions. Over the past few decades, immunizations have eradicated smallpox, lowered the global incidence of polio by 99... MORE
Maternal and Newborn Deaths Audit in Mozambique
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15 September 2015Article
In Mozambique, the maternal mortality ratio is 500/100.000 live births. Lack of bio-medical information, difficulties in access and use of services, and social aspects, such as gender and intergenerational inequalities, and specific local norms and... MORE
Removing Use Fees for Maternal and Child Health Services in Sierra Leone
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14 September 2015Article
Health Care Financing For many years Sierra Leone held the unenviable position of last place in the UN Human Development Index because of its alarming health indicators. Maternal and child deaths peaked in 2000 with 1,800 mothers dying for every 100... MORE
Task Shifting for Maternity and Family Planning Services
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14 September 2015Article
Human Resources for Health                                            Globally, over 75% of doctors and 60% of nurses serve in urban areas where less than 55% of the global population lives. This disparity stems from a higher number of training... MORE
Reforming Laws and Expanding Access to Safe Abortion Services
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20 July 2015Article
Ethiopia fares poorly on numerous reproductive health indices. Major concerns include high fertility rate (4.8 children per woman, according to the latest DHS survey), high maternal mortality (estimated at 420 deaths per 100,000 live births (2013... MORE
Civil Society Engagement in Prevention of Obstetric Fistula in Mozambique
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10 July 2015Article
The maternal mortality ratio in Mozambique is 480 per 100.000 live births (2013), 8% of those deaths occur for women aged between 15 and 24 years (2007), and mostly among the poor, illiterate and rural-dwelling. In addition to those women who die... MORE
Community Based Approach to Increase Utilization of Maternal Health Services in Djibouti
UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin talks about Maternal Health
10 July 2015Article
Djibouti has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in North Africa, estimated at 230 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2013. The contraceptive prevalence rate is 19% and approximately 93% of women have undergone female genital... MORE
04 June 2015Article
Governments can increase access to care and reduce financial barriers to reproductive health and Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) services by funding these programs and passing pro-poor legislation. Such legislation may include expanding... MORE
26 May 2015Article
ADOLESCENT SEXUAL AND REPTODUCTIVE HEALTH African countries account for 20 of the 25 countries with the highest adolescent fertility rates in the world. In many of these African countries adolescents make up to one-third of the population. These... MORE
26 May 2015Article
Although USAID’s Interagency Gender Working Group has identified that Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) is an area where men must play an important role, many countries have yet to explore men’s potential to support the health of women and... MORE