Maternal and Child Health

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Cover photo for: Why are women still dying in childbirth in Nepal? A mother recovers with her newborn, who was delivered under the supervision of trained health professionals at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital, a public health facility. Institutional births are one of the government of India's key strategies to reduce infant and maternal mortality, and to improve the overall health of the mother and child. An average of 7,000 births take place at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital each year.

Why do Women Still Die Giving Birth in Nepal?

Maternal mortality is one of the leading causes of death for women of reproductive age in Nepal, most of which occur due to direct obstetric complications at the time of birth and during the postnatal period.

The overwhelming majority of maternal deaths occur in rural, poverty ridden areas where healthcare services are often inadequate or inaccessible. Even in places with access to health services, there is a severe shortage of trained medical staff.

Learn more about why women are still dying in Nepal and what can be done to prevent these deaths.

A picture of a small girl riding on a burned skeleton of a motorcycle in Myanmar.

Children of Myanmar – A Traumatized Generation

In the midst of ashes, formerly her home and village, this wee girl attempts to normalize her world with a game of make-believe motorcycle ride. The scene, surreal as it is, is but one example of the destruction and horror inflicted on Burmese people –

She Survived Cancer—and Then Had to Battle Iatrogenic Fistula

Use your voice to support women who have survived the unthinkable. Esther is a 41-year-old mother of five from the town of Bariadi, in the Simiyu region of Tanzania. In 2017, she experienced a life-changing event. She began suffering from excruciating pain in her stomach

Woman protesting the war in Ukraine

In the War in Ukraine Women and Children Pay the Heaviest Price

A few weeks ago, a harrowing image of a pregnant woman injured in the Russian bombing of a Ukrainian maternity and children’s hospital was doing rounds in the news and social media. Widely-circulated pictures showed the woman stroking her bloodied lower abdomen as rescuers carried her through

Photo of Dr Nasra Ibrahim, a fistula surgeon dedicated to ending fistula in Somaliland

Being a Woman Is My Medical Superpower

Dr. Nasra Ibrahim is a fistula surgeon who travels about seven times a year from Uganda to her home country of Somaliland to treat women with fistula, a devastating childbirth injury that leaves a woman incontinent and—more often than not—shunned by her community. Read what

Photo of Montalban for post To Make an Impact, Use Your Strengths

To Make an Impact, Use Your Strengths

Several years ago, while I was living in the Philippines, my life was changed by two selfless strangers. I got lost in the mountains, and I didn’t speak a word of the local dialect. I thought it was the end for me. But then, two

Knowledge Is Power: Ending Women’s Suffering from Obstetric Fistula

The Cause of Obstetric Fistula At 25 years old, Rose Taigo was ready for motherhood. She assumed she would give birth at home in her rural village in Tanzania, like most women in her community. However, when her labor began, it soon became clear: Something

Making Unsafe Abortion History in the Philippines

On September 28, feminist activists around the world mobilize around International Safe Abortion Day. The day originated in Latin America and was known as “Campaña 28 de Septiembre por la Despenalización del Aborto”. In 2011, the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) adapted the

YOU’RE INVITED | Local, Sustainable Healthcare Models: Midwives For The Future

Did you hear the news? The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), together with a number of global partners, have announced PUSH — a decade-long global movement for women and the midwives who protect and uphold their rights and bodily autonomy. PUSH will accelerate progress on

How You Can Help End Obstetric Fistula

May 23rd is International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, a day to raise awareness about a little-known childbirth injury that occurs when a woman has obstructed labor but cannot access medical help. It leaves a woman incontinent and too often an outcast. Even though obstructed

Find all news, opinions and stories about maternal and child health from the perspectives of women and girls worldwide below. Great disparities exist and many challenges remain to ensure that all women and children have access to the health services they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives. Midwives and other health professionals play a great part in changing the health outcomes for mothers and their babies – and are doing so around the world. At Girls’ Globe we want to highlight the progress as well as the great steps that remain, the encouraging stories and the changemakers. Find all news, opinions and stories about maternal and child health from the perspectives of women and girls worldwide below.

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