Why we celebrate International Women’s Day

 Editor’s note: Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This piece was published in collaboration with the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.

Sex of newborn associated with place and mode of delivery; a population-based study in northern Vietnam


 A recent study published in Gender Medicine show evidence of sex discrimination at delivery, influencing place and mode of delviery. 

Nigeria: Boosting child, maternal health in FCT


Dr Hadiza Balarabe, Director of Primary Healthcare at the FCT Primary Health Care Board, who recently addressed a training workshop for some state technical facilitators in Abuja, spoke of the desirability of accelerated attainment of the health objectives of the MDGs before 2015.

In Asia-Pacific, health poses challenge to 2015 goals

Nepal, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan

A new UN assessment indicates South Asia is underperforming in trying to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.

Ghana unlikely to achieve MDG on maternal and infant mortality by 2015


Despite significant reduction in maternal, infant and under five mortality rates in Ghana, it is unlikely that the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets could be met.

Numbers Aside, India’s Newborns Face Challenges


 Usha Kumar’s wails sounded like the cries of a wounded animal, guttural and wrenching, her screams seeping through the corridor of Kasturba Hospital in Delhi, until, finally, mercifully, Ms. Kumar pushed out her baby boy.

The other side of Mumbai


In India’s financial capital, almost 25,000 children under five die every year due to malnutrition and related illnesses. Whatever happened to the National Urban Health Mission?

Nepal – City slum dwellers’ health condition appalling


A recent survey in Nepal has revealed that many women living in slum areas of Kathmandu are either unaware of it or reluctant to benefit from free birth services.

AlertNet’s top 20 big ideas that don’t cost the earth

Read the top 20 innovations that could improve the lives of millions of people around the world. Find out which maternal and newborn interventions made the list!