Midwifery is a vital solution—What is holding back global progress?

Introduction We need look no further than midwifery for compelling evidence of gender inequalities blocking progress in global health. Despite growing evidence of the extensive impact of midwifery,1-6 midwives and the women they care for are disempowered by patriarchal structures and professional, socio‐cultural, and economic barriers.7, 8 Widespread misunderstanding of the role and...

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Understanding the Resiliency of Maternal and Child Health Services in Latin America after the Zika Outbreak

This blog was originally published on USAID's Health Research Program website here. Related Project: Coordinating Implementation Research to Communicate Learning and Evidence Author(s): Michelle C. May, Research Associate, CIRCLE Project The Zika outbreak greatly affected several Latin American and Caribbean countries to the extent that the World Health Organization declared...

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World Refugee Day: Accelerating Progress for Every Newborn

The day of birth is the riskiest for women and their babies, with nearly half of maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths taking place during this period. Many of these deaths are preventable, even in humanitarian settings, where nearly half of these deaths occur. Participants at the Women Deliver conference,...

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Kangaroo Mother Care: Factors influencing home KMC following hospital discharge

Infant mortality remains a major public health dilemma that disproportionally affects low-income countries.[1] In particular, the neonatal period is the most vulnerable time for an infant’s survival. India accounts for a quarter of neonatal deaths globally. An estimated 7.5 million low birth weight (LBW) babies (less than 2500 grams) are...

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Why so many newborns and mothers still die

This post was originally published on Project Syndicate here. To improve quality of care before, during, and after childbirth, the global health community must develop new, evidence-backed interventions that address the underlying – often hidden – reasons why health-care providers fail to take the necessary steps. The first step is...

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