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

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.

Nigeria: World Bank Approves US$500 Million to Improve Maternal and Child Health, Achieve the ‘Saving One Million Lives’ Goal

Nigeria

Federal and State governments will also receive incentive payments for better tackling governance and management issues in the health sector and for improving the quality of basic health services.

Zambian Civil Society Launches Alliance to End Maternal and Child Deaths

Zambia

The Zambian Government wants to ensure that maternal, neonatal and child health outcomes are enshrined as key goals of national development policies and plans, as enshrined in the Zambian Government’s Roadmap for Accelerating Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality, 2013-2016.

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

India

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.

Obgyn training in Sub-Saharan Africa bolstered by new collections shared both online and offline

Ethiopia, Ghana

Increasing high quality, obstetric care in Sub-Saharan Africa is critical to achieving the World Health Organization consensus standards to eliminate preventable maternal mortality, and to attaining the goals of the Every Newborn Action Plan.

Bangladesh: CNCP Launched to Improve Newborn Survival

Bangladesh

This package will be implemented in Kushtia with technical support from SNL, Save the Children in Bangladesh to measure the strength of implementation so that those interventions could be implemented at scale within the existing government system later on.

How Far With Nigeria’s Call to Action On Newborn Health?

Nigeria

New op-ed by Dr. Aminu Magashi highlights the policies guiding maternal and newborn health in Nigeria.

G7 Call to Action on Health

It is critical that the G7 continue its work on supporting health which is one of the group’s greatest achievements. A number of global NGOs have come together to call on the G7 to take action.

Director-General of Ghana Health Service Calls for More Efforts at Community Level

Ghana

Dr Appiah-Denkyirah said figures recorded in maternal and neonatal deaths were unacceptable and therefore health management teams from the zonal to the national level must scale up strategies to make the CHPS centres functional.

Strengthen the commitment to save new mothers and newborns

Michael Gerson’s powerful Feb. 24 op-ed column, “Saving lives at the start,” brought into sharp focus one of the great health challenges of the 21st century — stubbornly high maternal- and newborn-mortality rates in Africa and South Asia.