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Call for collaboration - Sampling at Service Sites
Immpact would like to form a collaborative network to undertake further development of Sampling at Service Sites (SSS).

Philippine Information Agency NVizcaya holds forum on FPS data dissemination
A Data Dissemination Forum on the results of the 2006 Family Planning Survey (FPS) was held recently at the Highlander Hotel, this town.

Philippine Information Agency Cebu City wants to convert barangay health centers into birthing stations
The City Health Office reported that Cebu City's maternal mortality almost doubled from 2000-2004. It said that in 2003 alone, the city's maternal mortality rate (MMR) was at 1:25 per 1000 live births versus the 2000 MMR that was at 0.89 per 1000 live births and in 2004 at 1:40 per 1000 live births.

Integrated Regional Information Networks YEMEN: Rapid population growth threatening development
Maternal mortality is 366 deaths per 100,000 births. Health care for pregnant mothers is very weak and 84 percent of births take place at home.

The New Nation Issues of gender dimension of poverty
...A quarter of maternal deaths is associated with anemia and hemorrhage.

Business Day Nigeria loses N12 billion to tobacco-related problems yearly
... Anibueze explained that some pregnancy related problems, including; miscarriage, premature labour, delivery of low-birth weight babies, maternal death, during delivery and death of the unborn child, have been linked to tobacco smoking in the world...

Institute for War and Peace Reporting Tajik Government Pledges to End Maternity Clinic Crisis The health ministry has promised radical reforms to birthing hospitals, where bribes and poor service are the rule.

The Ghanaian Chronicle Central Region Health Service targets zero maternal mortality
The Central Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Aaron Offei, has pledged his administration’s determination to achieve a zero percent maternal mortality rate, in the Central Region, in the coming years.

ReliefWeb Timor-Leste Annual Appeal No. MAATP001 2008-2009
Timor-Leste is among Asia’s poorest countries, with some 40 per cent of the population living below the poverty line and one-fifth of the population living on less than USD1 per day...while maternal mortality is 880 per 100,000 live births.

Mail and Guardian Online Not much cheer for children
The United Nations Millennium Development Goals, set at the turn of the century, made up the most aspirational development programme ever devised. But a progress report published recently by Unicef says that even though more babies are surviving, more children are in school and fewer families live in poverty, urgent action is needed if the goals are to be met by the target date of 2015.

The Tide Online Ex-minister wants primary healthcare policy revived
...He said: “Unfortunately, Nigerians are still the poorest in the world in maternal and child mortality”.

The Economic Times Developing countries must cooperate for greater progress: Moon
...Such cooperation “is a vital means of attracting trade and investment flows and achieving sustainable debt financing,” he said in a message marking the UN Day for South-South Cooperation, observed annually on December 19...Noting that development successes remained uneven across the South, he said much more must be done to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to drastically slash poverty, hunger and maternal and child mortality, and boost access to health care and education, all by 2015.

Afriqu'Echos Magazine Interculturel Afghanistan - a country at war but a population moving forward
Afghanistan - a battlefield, a land of insurrection and killing? Yes, but not just that. UNICEF has published a report that gives room for hope...With one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world (60 women die every day from complications associated with pregnancy) the battle is far from over...

Philippine Information Agency Only 4 of 10 babies breastfed in NorMin
...the maternal mortality rate per 100,00 live births stood at 75%, higher than the targeted 57%.

All Africa Nigeria: Gov Oni Promises Free Surgery
...Oni said government was also developing a programme aimed at drastically reducing the rate of maternal and infant mortality in the state...
International The News ‘Fertility decline must to achieve sustainable uplift’
...He said the development goals of reducing poverty and improving infant-child health status, maternal mortality, school enrolment and gender and inequalities could not be attained without accelerating the fertility decline in general, and improving reproductive health indicators of women in particular.

Frontline At the receiving end
India has not been able to make the lives of the majority of its women secure, let alone empower them...The specific types of rising crime against women in the State are maternal deaths from violence

The Hindu “Plan must make women partners in development”
Seeking to move beyond the “women-in-distress” approach, women’s groups have demanded concrete plans and policies in XI Five-Year Plan to address the issues of education, employment and health with the focus on reducing the maternal mortality rate.

Earth Times.org India's 11th Five-Year Plan to get nod Wednesday
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will chair a meeting of the National Development Council (NDC) here Wednesday to approve the Rs.36.44 trillion ($910 billion) 11th Five-Year plan that runs till fiscal 2011-12...As many as 27 detailed national targets have been set in the plan ranging from enhancing income and reducing poverty, to education, literacy, health, infant mortality, maternal mortality and child development.

Digital Opportunity Channel Mobiles to help combat HIV/AIDS in Nigeria
Recently OneWorld UK in collaboration with Education as a Vaccine against AIDS (EVA) launched “Learning about Living”, an e-learning tool based on the Nigerian Family Life and HIV/AIDS Education (FLHE) school curriculum...aims to use ICT to educate young people on issues around adolescent reproductive health so that they can make informed decisions about their sexual health, prevent HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality, and gender violence.

Reuters Foundation EGYPT: Raising awareness about Millennium Development Goals
In a bid to spread the word for a global partnership in development among Egyptians, eight feluccas sailed down the Nile last week reaching their last port of call, in Cairo earlier this month.

The National, Papua New Guinea High rate of gender-based violence
Studies conducted by the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) reveal an alarming rate of gender-based violence (GBV) cases...the after-effects of GBV were mostly fatal which included homicide, suicide, maternal mortality which had a rate of 370 deaths for every 100,000 deliveries

Daily News, Sri Lanka Nepal told to follow Lanka's health system
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended Nepal to obtain Sri Lanka's advice to formulate its health sector development policy, Health Ministry sources said. ...Sri Lanka is also close to the total eradication of polio, TB, Malaria and other diseases while it has the lowest maternal deaths, infant mortality rate and low weight chid births in the region.

Yemen Times 60 million Yemenis by 2050
The maternal mortality rate in Yemen is the highest in the world, where 365 women deaths for every 100,000 child births. “It is like a plane full with women crashing down every year and killing all its passengers,” Obdeujn explained.

Reproductive Health Reality Check Ethiopia Makes Strides in Family Planning
In Ethiopia, women use herbs, poison, wire or coat-hangers to end unwanted pregnancies. Unsafe abortions are the second leading cause of death for women...
Inquirer.net Why our ‘nanay’ die
While our maternal mortality rates have been falling, they have been falling too slowly, so much so that our neighboring countries, which have taken more decisive action to bring down maternal mortality, have left us behind.
All Africa Niger: Why Are So Many Mothers Dying?
Every two hours in Niger a woman will die during her pregnancy or while delivering a baby - a symptom of under-resourced health services, neglected transport and education infrastructure, and a lack of awareness among women of their rights, health officials and experts say.

Medical News Today CEMACH Release: Saving Mothers' Lives - Findings On The Causes Of Maternal Deaths And The Care Of Pregnant Women, UK
The Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH) publishes Saving Mothers Lives: reviewing maternal deaths to make motherhood safer (2003 - 2005).

Nepali Times Nepal cuts maternal mortality by half
Ten years ago, 540 women out of 100,000 live births died, today that figure is down to 281

Nepali Times Staying alive
Maternal mortality rates are falling but there’s room for improvement

Marketwire Nourish America Launches "Healthy Moms and Babies" National Prenatal Nutrition Campaign to Ensure a Healthy Start for America's Next Generation
According to government statistics, almost half of all pregnancies are unplanned, leading medical professionals and public health officials to conclude that improvements in infant and maternal mortality rates would be best achieved by reaching impoverished women with health-related education and products before they become pregnant.

All Africa Nigeria: Anti-Shock Garment to Reduce Maternal Deaths

The Statesman Health, Education, Sports and Chieftaincy budgets approved
...Contributing to the motion before it was approved, Members wondered why the Ministry has not provided any statistics on maternal mortality in the country, saying that it will prove difficult to appropriately deal with the situation without any statistics...

Punjab Newsline Punjab Governor emphasise to restructure finances of Red Crosss Society
...Noting with concern, the alarming increase in drug addiction, female foeticide, child abuse and maternal mortality rate, General Rodrigues emphasized the need for a mass effort to manage the ill-affects of these social evils...

The Times of India Illegal abortion rate high in state
In a shocking disclosure, medical experts in Ahmedabad revealed that on an average five lakh illegal abortions take place in the state every year. “...Unsafe abortions are a major cause of high maternal mortality...”
Scotsman.com A weighty issue for mums-to-be
...While overall levels of maternal death in the UK are low, obese pregnant women are four or five times more likely to die during pregnancy than those of normal weight...

All Africa Ghana: High Maternal Mortality Must Be Curbed - It Affects Socio Economic Development
The Ashanti Regional Minster, Mr. Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah has observed that the high prevalence rate of maternal mortality is a serious indictment on the country's quest to improving the quality of her human capital base and ensuring the socio-economic development of its people

ABC News UNICEF urges more action on child health, education
..., but UNICEF’s chief of health, Dr Peter Salama, says the report identifies maternal mortality, HIV prevention and pneumonia as key areas that need improving.
The Times Alarm over India’s maternal death rate
India must quickly overcome a serious shortage of trained health professionals to bring down its rate of maternal deaths, the highest in the world, according to a UN report.
University of California, San Francisco UCSF lands $1.4 million grant to reduce maternal mortality worldwide
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given UCSF researchers nearly $1.4 million to expand African research trials on an innovative anti-shock garment that aims to reduce maternal deaths in remote areas worldwide.
New Statesman

Mothers betrayed
Every year half a million women die in childbirth, deaths easily prevented. Here Sarah Brown, wife of the UK premier, makes an urgent plea to the world's rich countries

UNFPA UNFPA Helping Safe Deliveries by Women of Bangladesh's Cyclone-hit Areas
In response to needs generated by the cyclone that hit Bangladesh in mid-November, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is distributing 40 delivery kits to 40 upazilla, or subdistrict health facilities, which take care of pregnant women.

All Africa Nigeria: Maternal Health - Saraki Bags Award
Founder of The WellBeing Foundation (WBF) and wife of the Governor of Kwara State, Mrs. Toyin Saraki has received a merit award for her contribution to the reproductive health of women and the survival of children in Nigeria.
BBC News Maternal deaths linked to obesity
Obesity is the fastest growing cause of women dying in pregnancy or childbirth in the UK, a report shows.
StaffNurse.com Maternal Death Rate Alarm
Rising maternal deaths rates and slipping care standards are set to be revealed in a “damning” report this week, it was reported yesterday.

Church World Service Health care program for Afghan women is halving maternal, neonatal death rates
Conflict-torn Afghanistan has one of the world's worst health records, but in certain provinces, infant and maternal mortality rates have dropped by more than half during the course of a Community Health Project being delivered by global humanitarian agency Church World Service.

Voice of America News UN Official Calls Maternal Mortality Rate in India 'Shocking'
A U.N. representative says more women in India die during pregnancy or childbirth than in any other country in the world. The U.N. official says India must improve its public health system to cut the rate of maternal mortality.

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