By Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children. Follow Carolyn Miles at @carolynsave. Fifteen years have passed since a husband and wife team in western India challenged the notion that the deaths of thousands of mothers and millions of babies during pregnancy and childbirth are inevitable in poor and remote communities. Drs. Abhay and Rani Bang trained a battalion of local women to deliver lifesaving care to mothers … Continue reading Can a Village Revolution for Mothers and Newborns Go Global?
During a packed event at Michelangelo hotel in Johannesburg, key partners including Save the Children, World Vision, PATH, Mothers 2 Mothers, and the Society of Midwives of South Africa came together to rally support for newborns and celebrate the progress thus far to save millions of vulnerable newborns around the world. The Every Newborn Action Plan was endorsed by 194 countries in May 2014 and … Continue reading #SouthAfricaCares Side Event In Photos #PMNCHLive
Addis Ababa- In Ethiopia there are 4.9 million pregnancies each year of which 84% take place in rural areas. Here in Ethiopia, where the vast majority of women deliver at home, only 32% of maternal, newborn and child health needs are being met by midwives according to the newly released State of Midwifery Report. That is troubling for a country that is making noticeable strides to save … Continue reading How Ethiopia is Scaling Midwifery to Save More Mothers, Newborns
It may seem a little quiet around SocialGoodMoms.com, but for good reason. I am co-leading a group of journalists throughout Ethiopia who are reporting on newborn health with the International Reporting Project. Putting together a robust itinerary for the journalists has been a capstone to all of the knowledge I have gained since learning about the importance of saving newborns. The timing of this trip … Continue reading Journalists Travel to Ethiopia to Report on #NewbornHealth
Trainee Midwives demonstrating the childbirth process using the Advanced Child birth simulator Anatomical Model donated by UNFPA at the handover ceremony at Public Health Nurses College. UNFPA/Evelyn Kiapi 3000 midwives have gathered in Prague for the 30th International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress. I have been reading the twitter stream closely ahead of my upcoming trip to Ethiopia next week where I will lead a delegation … Continue reading 11 Key Tweets from #ICMLive
For over a year the wonderful and dedicated community of mom bloggers, both Social Good Moms and the Global Team of 200 members, has spread the word about newborn health and survival to their massive social networks and have blogged tirelessly about why newborn health is important to them. Over these sixteen months as a community of moms dedicated to maternal, newborn, and child health we … Continue reading Over a Year of Advocating for Newborn Health
Today the 67th World Health Assembly convened in Geneva, Switzerland. On tap this week will be discussions about health issues ranging from climate change to tuberculosis. Also on the agenda is a key discussion about newborns and the draft of the Every Newborn Action Plan (item 14.2 on the agenda). You might remember that as a network of moms we helped provide comments on the … Continue reading Why Newborns are on the World Health Assembly’s Agenda
This article was originally published on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Impatient Optimists. Every year Save the Children releases its annual State of the World’s Mothers report and each year a magnifying glass is held up to motherhood around the world and how mothers fare based solely on where they live. Now in its fifteenth year, Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers report puts into clear perspective the … Continue reading Save the Children Releases New Report on Motherhood in Conflict
Mother’s Day is a celebration full of flowers, cards, and sentimental mementos. It’s also a day to celebrate not only our mothers and the moms we know personally, but mothers everywhere. As you know there are women around the world who will lose their life giving birth. That may sound blunt, but the numbers say it all. 800 women will die today from birth complications that … Continue reading Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts That Give Back and Save Lives
Throughout the entire Mother’s Day month we will dedicate several posts to newborn and maternal health. We will feature programs and projects that are showing considerable progress in newborn health, are efficient and cost-cutting, and are even shaking up the newborn health and survival landscape with innovations in low-and middle-income countries. Even though it’s not May yet, we are happy to share with you what Rice … Continue reading Have You Heard How Rice University is Saving Newborns?