Map: The best (and worst) countries to be a mother

Ethiopia, Bolivia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Liberia, Rwanda, Somalia, Central African Republic, United States of America HNN Team

On average, one woman in 30 is likely to die from pregnancy-related causes, and seven out of 10 women will lose a child in their lifetime. Despite global improvements in children’s and maternal health, inequality between the world’s richest and poorest mothers and children is widening.

The urban disadvantage: Pakistan slips in mother-child health ranking

Pakistan HNN Team

The report suggests that measures such as effective data collection, quality health services, easy availability of contraceptives and proper neonatal care have proven to reduce child mortality around the world.

Pakistan’s ranking in mother mortality rate falls further

Pakistan HNN Team

The report said babies living in crowded and unhygienic slums lacked access to basic facilities such as safe drinking water, immunisation, mother and baby care during pregnancy and immediately after delivery, treatment for diarrhoea, pneumonia and other common illnesses.

Uganda’s capital blazes a trail in cutting child deaths, charity says – TRFN

Cambodia, Rwanda, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda HNN Team

Kisenyi health centre in Kampala, which delivers 600 babies a month, symbolises the shift in Uganda which has seen the country invest more money in the healthcare system to make it accessible for the poorest, Save the Children said.

India Slips Down Motherhood Index

Bangladesh, India, Zimbabwe, Iraq, United States of America HNN Team

Just 19% of women in the poorest section of Delhi’s population had a skilled attendant present when they were giving birth. Among the richest women in the city however, 99% had a trained person around when they were in labor.

Bangladesh: Neonatal death rate remains static despite other successes

Bangladesh HNN Team

Health and population experts link better health outcomes to sustained growth of per capita income and expansion of health services both in rural and urban areas.

India: Mobilizing community support key to good maternal and child health

India HNN Team

The White Ribbon Alliance is working with World Vision International, Save the Children and many other partners to organise national and district level citizens’ hearings in at least 30 countries in the first half of 2015.

Bangladesh: Exclusive breastfeeding for urban working mothers creates win-win situation for all

Bangladesh HNN Team

Through advocacy and technical support, selected garment factories integrated nutrition counseling and promotion in the workplace, developed support tools for mothers and created private space in the factory for mothers to breastfeed their infants.

Health literacy key to improving health outcomes in South East Asia

India HNN Team

The Health Literacy Toolkit was launched at the World Congress of Public Health in Kolkata, India.

Better Bath Rituals Is One Way Bangladesh Is Saving Its Newborns

Bangladesh HNN Team

“through our work and other organizations, and the government, people now have a strong belief that there is a way out, if you act quickly.”