Ebola effect reverses gains in maternal, child mortality

Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone

When Ebola broke out in Sierra Leone in May, and Liberia in August, the number of births attended by a health professional in Liberia dropped from 52 percent to 38 percent.

Fear of health workers fuels Ebola crisis in Guinea

Guinea

Over 8,000 hygienic birth kits, with supplies for safe childbirth have been distributed in Guinea by UNFPA as of 26 September.

Say ‘no’ to formula in quake-hit areas

China

The deadly earthquake that hit Ludian, Yunnan province, two weeks ago has affected the lives of more than 1 million people, over 250,000 of whom are children.

Health needs escalate as crisis in Gaza continues

The home and maternal health clinic of Feeza Shraim, a UNFPA-supported midwife in the Gaza Strip, were destroyed in an airstrike.

Safe birth. Even here.

An ongoing web page celebrating healthy babies born in crisis.

Q&A with Kathryn Bolles: Best Places to be a Mother

An interview with Save the Children’s Kathryn Bolles.

Lancet Study Calls for Action to Prevent Millions of Newborn Deaths

NYT on the Every Newborn Lancet Series.

Disasters Could Dent Progress for Moms, Babies in the Philippines

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Vietnam

“While it is too soon to predict how many lives will be lost due to Haiyan, past experience suggests many more young children could die in 2014 due to deteriorating conditions than were killed outright by the storm,” the report notes.

Nepal better place to be a mother: Report

Nepal

Nepal has made significant progress in Save the Children´s 2015 Mother Index by rising five spots ovetaking Bhutan to reach 116th out of 178 countries globally.

Nepal now safer‚ better place for mothers‚ says report

Nepal, India, Pakistan

Nepal rose five spots on Save the Children’s 2015 Mothers’ Index, overtaking Bhutan to reach 116th out of 178 countries globally.