mother and childSouth Africa: Minister Motsoaledi Owes the Public an Explanation for Maternal Deaths (25 June 2012)

In response to a Democratic Alliance parliamentary question (see link) received today, Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi failed to provide an explanation for the 1519 avoidable maternal deaths that occurred between 2005 and 2007. The families of these women, and the South African people, have a right to know the full details of why they lost their lives unnecessarily, and what action has been taken against those who were responsible.

U.N.: India likely to miss MDG on maternal health (2 July 2012)

With one maternal death reported every 10 minutes, India is likely to miss the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) related to maternal health, a latest United Nations report says. While there is an improvement from maternal death in every six minutes in 2010 to 10 minutes now, the MDG target in this respect is unlikely to be met, the report said. At present, the Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) of India is 212 per one lakh live births, whereas the country’s target is 109 per one lakh live births by 2015

Africa: Poverty on decline, progress in basic education, reveals a new report on the MDGs (3 July 2012)

Africa has made significant progress in poverty reduction, primary education, women’s empowerment and in its fight against HIV/AIDS, according to a new report to be released July 15 by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union, African Development Bank and the UNDP.

New Approaches to Maternal Mortality In Africa (3 July 2012)

An interdisciplinary conference sponsored by King's College and convened by Ashley Moffett (Professor of Reproductive Immunology) and Megan Vaughan (Professor of Commonwealth History) with the support of the Centre for African Studies, Department of Pathology and the Centre for Trophoblast Research, all at the University of Cambridge.

INDONESIA: Maternal mortality ratio stagnates (3 July 2012)

Despite progress in reducing maternal deaths in Indonesia, international organizations, health professionals and community workers say pregnancy still puts the health of women at greater risk. The national maternal mortality ratio (MMR) has gradually come down from 390 deaths per 100,000 births in 1991 to 228 in 2007, according to the Health Ministry. The independent Countdown to 2015 report, released in 2012, puts the current MMR at 220 deaths per 100,000 births.

Sudan, China launch healthcare network project (5 July 2012)

Sudanese Ministry of Health, China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) and the Sudanese Al-Birr and Tawasul Charity Organization (BTO) on Wednesday celebrated the launch of maternal and infant healthcare network project, based at Abuousher Friendship Hospital in central Sudan's Gezira State.

Health Ministers Say Investing in Health Is Key to Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Africa (5 July 2012)

African finance and health ministers, parliamentarians, civil society organizations, private sector and representatives of bilateral and multilateral development institutions, began a two-day meeting on health financing on Wednesday in Tunis. Key issues on the agenda of the meeting include planning and budgeting for results, improving performance, health insurance, resultsbased financing, as well as sustainability of programs related to HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health.

Africa: High-Level Conference of African Finance and Health Ministers Starts (4 July 2012)

Works of the high-level conference of African Finance and Health Ministers on the theme "Optimising Resources, Sustainability and Accountability in the Health Sector" started, on Wednesday, in Gammarth. Placed under the auspices of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the two-day congress is held by the Harmonisation for Health in Africa (HHA) in association with the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), The Partnership for Mother, New-Born and Child Health (PMNCH) and the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA).

South Africa: Clinic Shows How to Cut Maternal Deaths (6 July 2012)

Cape Town — In a country where deaths from pregnancy and childbirth have been rising - more than four-fold in a decade, according to reports - not a single maternal death was recorded at a maternal obstetric unit in Khayelitsha, a poor settlement outside Cape Town, from April 2011 to May this year.

Bridging the north-south maternal death divide (6 July 2012)

Nigeria’s health services halved the maternal mortality rate between 1990 and 2010, but in parts of the predominantly Muslim north, which is less socio-economically advanced, women are 10 times more likely to die in childbirth than in the oil-rich, predominantly Christian south. Maternal health personnel are calling for more appropriate interventions to bridge the gap.

South Africa: PHC Success Relies on CHWs Being Able to Do More (6 July 2012)

South Africa needs to urgently look to countries such as Rwanda, Thailand and Brazil, where they have employed community health workers (CHWs) to deliver a range of primary health care services that dramatically reduced mortality, public health expert Professor David Sanders told the National Health Assembly (NHA).

Affordable Health Care Will Be Good for America (6 July 2012)

My favorite image from the news about the Supreme Court verdict on the health care law shows a group of young people holding brightly colored pink and red placards that state "protecting women's health," "We heart Obamacare" and variations on those themes. The protestors are African-American, Hispanic, Asian and white, unified by their support for the Affordable Care Act and the fact that all of them are young.

Working to end maternal deaths in French-speaking Africa (2 July 2012) 

With the MDG deadlines now firmly on the horizon, the issue in 2012 should no longer be about reducing maternal deaths but about eliminating this phenomenon worldwide, especially in developing countries.

GE Healthcare Selects PS320 Fetal Simulator for Corometrics monitor fleet (9 July 2012)

EVERETT, Washington, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire via African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Fluke Biomedical announced today GE Healthcare has selected the PS320 Fetal Simulator to help maintain their fleet of Corometrics 250, 250cx and 170 series patient monitors.