injectable contraceptivesAMREF aims to improve maternal survival rate in Africa
The African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) has reaffirmed its commitment to improving maternal health in the continent. According to Dr Teguest Guerma, the health of mothers in Africa is vital to its overall success in the future. This, she said, means more trained midwives are required if countries are to meet their Millennium Development Goals.

South Africa teens often become moms
MAVELA, South Africa — Her grandmother was an alcoholic and her mother was a prostitute, strangled by a client. The child of another of her mother's customers, Nicolene Marx grew up in a poor Durban neighborhood with scant hope of escaping.

Africa: Beyond Contraceptive Controversy - Melinda Gates Bets on Pro-Life Policies
London — Melinda Gates wants you to know this: if women in poor countries can get the contraceptives they want, millions of lives will be saved. She questions why modern contraceptives should be controversial, when they can reduce a staggering death toll. "We have 100,000 women who didn't want to get pregnant who die in childbirth. We have 600,000 babies, where mothers say they didn't intend to get pregnant and their child dies - every single year!"

South Africa: Family Planning Key in Maternal Health Outcomes
Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says it's time that the country focuses on family planning programmes to reduce the scourge of maternal and child mortality. The minister was speaking at the opening of a new health facility whose primary purpose is child and maternal health. Shandukani, a Vende word meaning change, is a newly renovated building right in the heart of Hillbrow one of the most densely populated areas of Johannesburg. The world class facility's key aim is to provide quality health care to mothers and their children. According to Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, South Africa is the only country in the world where child and maternal mortality rates are on the rise.

African children better off - study
Cape Town - Maternal mental health problems, including post-natal depression, are growing among women in developing countries, threatening the development and nutritional status of their children. But in Africa, with its culture of multiple-care giving, the effects may be cushioned, with a new study of African families showing no direct correlation between depressive symptoms of mothers, and the health outcomes of their children.

South African activist narrates how she declared her HIV status 
This week GERALD KITABU, now in Washington for the 2012 International AIDS Conference, interviewed a South African Florence Ngobeni-Allen, an advocate and ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) on how, as a mother, she managed to survive HIV/Aids.

Celebrity Activism for Maternal Health in Sierra Leone: Good or Bad for our Global Image 
Famous actresses like Angelina Jolie have become the butt of many jokes because of their humanitarian or “good works” in Africa and other parts of the developing world. In Sierra Leone alone, a few of the Hollywood A-listers have taken up some sort of cause or another, highlighting the plight of war affected children, of maternal and infant mortality, malnutrition and other social challenges.

Africa: Leaders Renew Their Commitment to Family Planning
On July 11, at the London Summit on Family Planning, leaders from 18 African countries made unprecedented commitments - financially and politically - to strengthen their family planning programs.The Summit, sponsored by the British government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with support from UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, focused attention on the ongoing lack of family planning services for millions of women in the developing world and garnered extraordinary global support and resources to enable 120 million more women to use contraceptives by 2020. The Summit exceeded its target, raising pledges of $4.6 billion over eight years. And this call to action came not a moment too soon. 

South Africa: HIV+ Mothers and Their Babies Thrive on Treatment
Cape Town — At 9 a.m. each morning and 9 p.m. each evening, in her shack on the outskirts of Cape Town, Nomsa* diligently takes the antiretroviral medication that makes her HIV-positive status a manageable condition rather than a death sentence. But over the past month, her morning routine has changed.

Africa: Canadian International Development Agency and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation Partner to Increase Uptake of Maternal and Child Health Services
At the XIX International AIDS Conference, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) today announced a new partnership to improve progress toward elimination of pediatric HIV/AIDS. The project, Advancing Community-Level Action for Improving MCH/PMTCT (ACCLAIM), seeks to increase demand and retention in maternal and child health and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MCH/PMTCT) services. 

UK summit marks family planning rebirth
As the world turns its attention to Washington for the International AIDS conference, Mantshi Teffo-Menziwa wants everyone to remember the lessons of “the single most important family planning event in history”, the UK Summit on Family Planning. Teffo-Menziwa is the director of clinical quality and training at Marie Stopes South Africa, a non-profit sexual and reproductive health organisation. We are so proud that she, a woman, a nurse, a PhD candidate and an ardent advocate of sexual and reproductive healthcare, represented civil society at the London Summit on Family Planning earlier this month. She was the third member of the South African delegation, accompanying Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Deputy Director-General Dr Yogan Pillay.

Let's Raise the Volume on Maternal Mortality in U.S. 
(WOMENSENEWS)--The future of pregnant women in the United States is on the threshold of dramatic change. Aug. 1 marks the day insurance providers and Medicaid will be required to cover preventative care for women.

Increasing the Uptake of HIV Testing in Maternal Health in Malawi
Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV is the primary means of HIV infection in children. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) estimates that 20 percent of all children born in sub-Saharan Africa are exposed to HIV; among those children, 130,000 new HIV infections occurred in 2010 (UNAIDS, 2010).

How 15,000 Midwives Will Save Mothers’ Lives
Yesterday, Impatient Optimists published a post titled, How 15,000 Midwives Will Save Mothers’ Lives, that describes a new project by AMREF, the African Medical & Research Foundation, that aims to train 15,000 midwives across several countries in Africa using a combination of mobile technology and classroom training.