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Laying the Foundation for Combating Malnutrition in India
The importance of balanced nutrition and health

An initiative of HealthPhone™, conducted under the aegis of Indian Academy of Pediatrics, in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, UNICEF, Aamir Khan and with support from Vodafone.

It is the World's Largest Programme to Battle Malnutrition amongst Mothers and Children. The objective of this nationwide campaign against malnutrition is to address issues of status of women, the care of pregnant mothers and children under two, breastfeeding and the importance of balanced nutrition and health. The focus is on women between 13 and 35 years of age and their family members.

The four Poshan videos are hosted on a dedicated WAP page iaphealthphone.org and accessible to all Vodafone India subscribers on their mobile phones.

Vodafone India subscribers can also give a missed call on 1 800 120 8989 (toll-free) to receive a link to the WAP page via SMS.

We recently partnered with Mediaplanet UK on the 2017 Maternal Health campaign in The Guardian newspaper and online. Read motivating insight from thought leaders and learn more about what it takes collectively to reduce maternal mortality. #GlobalMaternalHealth #MaternalHealth

Bridging the Knowledge Gap: Educating Mothers to Help Them and Their Children Live.
Mobile phones are the surprising tool improving maternal health

One of the most powerful relationships in global health and development is between a mother’s education and her child’s chances of survival. Simply put: “The more educated a mother, the less likely her child is to die. … Behind every preventable child death is a disempowered mother” says Leith Greenslade, Co-Chair of Child Health, MDG Health Alliance.

State of the World's Mothers

State of the World's MothersSave the Children's 16th annual State of the World's Mothers report evaluates the devastating health disparities between the rich and poor living in some of our major cities around the world, finding that while home to the wealthiest and healthiest people in a country, they are also home to some of the poorest and most marginalised families on earth. The report also assesses the well-being of mothers and children in 179 countries. The annual ranking of the best and worst place to be a mother has become an important tool to show where mothers and children fare best, and where they face the greatest hardships, using the latest data on health, education, economics and female political participation.

View our detailed infographics, country by country.

The State of the World's Children 2016 - A fair chance for every child

The State of the World's Children 2016 - A fair chance for every childEach year, UNICEF’s flagship publication, The State of the World's Children, closely examines a key issue affecting children. The report includes supporting data and statistics and is available in multiple language versions.

The lives and futures of millions of children are in jeopardy. We have a choice: Invest in the most excluded children now or risk a more divided and unfair world.

Every child has the right to a fair chance in life. But around the world, millions of children are trapped in an intergenerational cycle of disadvantage that endangers their futures – and the future of their societies.

The Right to Respectful Maternity Care

As part of the global health community, Childbirth Survival International works to advocate, strengthen, and improve the quality, access, and delivery of health services and information for pregnant women and newborns. Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) is critical to reduce and ultimately eliminate preventable and treatable causes, which tend to escalate to a disability or death. Every woman deserves to be treated with respect and dignity during childbirth. It is a basic human right.

Respectful Maternity Care: Every Woman's Right

What do you picture when you think of the way you'd want to be treated when it's time to have a baby? Pregnant women around the world seeking maternity care from the health systems in their countries instead receive ill treatment that ranges from disrespect of their autonomy and dignity to outright abuse: physical assault, verbal insults, discrimination, abandonment, or detention in facilities for failure to pay. Disrespect and abuse during maternity care are a violation of a woman's basic human rights. We have to break the silence.

This film was created to draw attention to the issue of disrespect and abuse during maternity care and to promote Respectful Maternity Care for women worldwide. Please help us in spreading the word. Download the film in MP4 or in Flash.

In every country and community in the world, pregnancy and childbirth are events of great significance, as well as a time of intense vulnerability, in the lives of women and families. In response to a growing body of evidence of disrespect and abuse during pregnancy and childbirth, the White Ribbon Alliance has joined partners to advocate for Respectful Maternity Care.

In addition to bringing vital, potentially lifesaving health services, women's experiences with maternity caregivers have the potential to empower and comfort or to inflict lasting damage and emotional trauma. Either way, women's memories of their childbearing experiences stay with them for a lifetime. Imagine the personal treatment you would expect from a maternity care provider entrusted to help you or a woman you love give birth.

Unfortunately, too many women experience care that does not match this image. Too often, pregnant women seeking maternity care receive ill treatment that ranges from relatively subtle disrespect of their autonomy and dignity to outright abuse: physical assault, verbal insults, discrimination, abandonment, or detention in facilities for failure to pay. Disrespect and abuse of women during maternity care is a problem that has been obscured by a "veil of silence" and can significantly impact women’s willingness to seek out life-saving maternity care in facilities.

Acting Now To Save The Future

The Heart of the Issue - Early Childhood Development

The world knows that investing in the first five years of a child's life can break the cycle of poverty. And yet hundreds of millions of children around the globe are being denied basic care. This is their short film.

Mothers Day Every Day

White Ribbon Alliance

The White Ribbon Alliance is an international coalition which pushes for change to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for women and newborns around the world.

In some cultures, white symbolizes mourning and in others it symbolizes hope and life. As such, the white ribbon is dedicated to the memory of all women who have died needlessly in pregnancy and childbirth.

Since its launch in 1999, the White Ribbon Alliance – now a rapidly growing global movement with members in 148 countries – has been amplifying the voices of women and their communities, and is now a leader among those holding governments and institutions to account for the tragedy of maternal mortality.

Birth & Death

'Birth and Death' is a short graphic film which highlights the tragedy of maternal death around the world. Simple and moving but powerfully argued, the film exposes a scandal which has been going on for far too long; that women and girls around the world are dying needlessly, leaving millions of orphans and grieving families. The film calls on viewers to take action – and on world leaders to deliver on their promises – to end this global disgrace.

What I Want Is Simple

Every Mother Counts

Every Mother Counts is an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal and child health.

Every Mother Counts seeks to engage new audiences to better understand the challenges and the solutions while encouraging them to take action to improve the lives of girls and women worldwide.

Atlas of Birth

Atlas of BirthThe Atlas of Birth is a clear, accessible guide to the global picture of maternal health, told with maps, graphics and stories from many countries. It documents the biggest killer of young women in developing countries, and reveals one of the greatest opportunities of our time – to prevent the preventable – those maternal deaths that happen every single minute of every single day

The Atlas of Birth is raising maternal health on the agenda of policymakers around the world while fueling the popular movement for change. This global project includes the book (now in CD form, soon in print); the acclaimed short film Birth and Death - and a series of Atlas of Birth flyers created at key political moments to spark debate, media coverage, public engagement and political action.

The Atlas of Birth is a responsive, interactive project which invites your feedback as we build momentum towards the agreed international goal of reducing needless maternal deaths by three quarters before 2015. >> The Atlas of Birth Book (PDF)

doctoori.net - reliable health information in Arabic

doctoori.netwww.doctoori.net brings to you, high quality, reliable health information in the Arabic language, through our syndicated partnership with NHS Choices. Our engaging, patient focused articles and interactive tools provide an invaluable, trusted health resource for you and your family.

يقدم لك دكتوري معلومات صحية ذات جودة عالية وموثوقة باللغة العربية من خلال شراكتنا في المقالات مع NHS Choices . تقدم مشاركتنا، المقالات التي تركز على المريض، والأدوات التفاعلية لمواردنا الصحية موثوقة ولاتقدر بثمن لك ولعائلتك.  

Prevention and Recognition of Obstetric Fistula - Training Package

Prevention and Recognition of Obstetric Fistula - Training PackageIntraHealth, has developed materials in English to train health workers on obstetric fistula prevention, identification, and pre-repair care.
The course contains a facilitator's manual (pdf, 1.3 MB)
a participant handbook (pdf, 604 KB)
Ten modules, a variety of visual aids, and supplementary handouts.

Fistula Orientation for Community Members
IntraHealth has also developed materials to orient community leaders about safe motherhood and obstetric fistula. Staff who work with fistula patients lead the one-day orientation with specific community groups, such as local authorities, women's associations, or community health workers. This presentation (pdf, 622 KB) provides an English overview of the Ethiopian maternal health context and fistula's causes and prevention, ending with the important ways that different groups can be of support.

Global Citizen - Global Partnerships

If we work together through global partnerships humanity advances further. Through these partnerships we've halved the number of deaths of children under five years old.

Hesperian Health Guides

Hesperian Health GuidesHesperian Health Guides is a nonprofit health information and health education source that develops accessible materials in many languages. Access free information in Hesperian's HealthWiki for health workers related to mother and child health.

Newborn babies and breastfeeding: Available in English, Arabic, Spanish, Filipino, French, Kreyol, Khmer, Swahili, Lao, Portuguese, Urdu
Breastfeeding from A Book for Midwives: Available in English and Spanish
Breastfeeding from Where Women Have No Doctor: Available in English and Spanish
Breastfeeding and caring for your baby for women with disabilities: Available in English and Spanish
Care during the first hours after birth: Available in English and Spanish
Care during the first weeks after birth: Available in English and Spanish
Caring for children: Available in English, Spanish, French, Swahili, and Portuguese
Childhood nutrition: Available in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese
Helping Children Who Are Deaf: Available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese
Helping Children Who are Blind: Available in English and Spanish
Disabled Village Children: Available in English 
Family Planning: Available in English and Spanish

More resources from Hesperian Health Guides

Reducing Neonatal Deaths in South Africa: Are we there yet, and what can be done?

Reducing Neonatal Deaths in South Africa: Are we there yet, and what can be done?S. Velaphi and N. Rhoda
South African Journal of Child Health 6(3): 67-71, August 2012
5 pp. 860 kB:

South Africa is one of the countries in which neonatal mortality has remained the same or increased over the last 20 years. The major causes of neonatal deaths are related to prematurity and intrapartum hypoxia. In this paper, the authors discuss a number of interventions that have been shown to reduce neonatal deaths and, if implemented on a wider scale, could reduce neonatal deaths significantly. These interventions include providing basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric care, use of antenatal steroids for women in preterm labour, training in immediate care of the newborn and neonatal resuscitation, and post-resuscitation management and ongoing neonatal care (e.g. CPAP), especially to babies who are born preterm.

Serious and Life-Threatening Pregnancy-Related Infections: Opportunities to Reduce the Global Burden

Serious and Life-Threatening Pregnancy-Related Infections: Opportunities to Reduce the Global Burdenby Courtney A. Gravett, Michael G. Gravett, Emily T. Martin et al.
PLoS Med 9(10): e1001324 (9 October 2012)
.pdf - 7 pp. 340kB:

Pregnancy-related infections are one of the leading causes of maternal mortality worldwide, with the burden falling disproportionately on low- and middle-income countries. Such infections can be categorized into four different syndromes occurring at distinct times during pregnancy: puerperal sepsis, septic abortion, pyelonephritis/urosepsis, and rapidly progressive soft tissue infections. Bundled packages of interventions targeted at these different syndromes should be integrated into antenatal care at two time points: initiation of antenatal care and onset of labor.

Community Discussion Guide for Maternal and Newborn Health
A Training Manual for Safe Motherhood Action Groups

Community Discussion Guide for Maternal and Newborn Health
by Susan B. Aradeon, Mini Soyoola, Mini Soyoola et al.
Health Partners International, 2012
.pdf - 88 pp. 6.9 MB:

Used in six rural districts of Zambia, the Community Discussion Guide has proved to be an effective way to mobilise communities to address common problems within the household and community that prevent timely utilisation of maternal and newborn health services. The community mobilisation process begins with a focus on maternal health issues, and in particular, maternal emergencies, an emotive issue around which communities can be quickly mobilised. Other topics that have an impact on women's health are also covered, including the impact of gender violence and of social problems such as alcoholism, and lack of social support.

Improving Maternal Mortality and Other Aspects of Women's Health
The United States' Global Role

Improving Maternal Mortality and Other Aspects of Women's Healthby Phillip Nieburg
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), October 2012
.pdf - 28 pp. 1.6 MB:

Over the last 25 years, some countries, including some that are resource poor, have made striking progress in reducing maternal mortality, but many others still lag behind and are unlikely to achieve the country-specific 2015 woomen's health targets established in 2000 under the Millennium Development Goals. In response to this ongoing tragedy, the United States has recently begun taking an increasingly visible role in global efforts to reduce maternal mortality, seeking to create new governmental and public-private partnerships toward that end.

UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children: Commissioners' Report

UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children: Commissioners' Report September 2012 - .pdf - 25 pp. 1.0 MB

The UN Secretary-General's Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health (2010) called on the global community to work together to save 16 million lives by 2015. This challenge was taken up by the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children, which identified and endorsed an initial list of 13 overlooked life-saving commodities that, if more widely accessed and properly used, could save the lives of more than 6 million women and children. The scaling up of these commodities is not solely a moral obligation but one of the most effective ways of getting more health for the money invested.

Solution Exchange – Leverage Knowledge – Accelerate Development

Solution Exchange Solution Exchange is a Knowledge Management initiative of the United Nations Country Team in India. The brand is recognized by development professionals as a platform for exchange of ideas and dialogue between different stakeholders. SE membership is a talent pool of more than 35,000 subscriptions including practitioners from civil society, grass roots organizations, academics, research institutions and government who come together to share knowledge and best practices, provide solutions and address development challenges. There are 13 Communities of Practice organized around national priorities and MDGs, facilitated by different UN agencies. Solution Exchange (SE) offers a free, impartial space where all partners are welcome members of the community.

Maternal and Child Health Community of Practice of Solution Exchange aids in addressing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to improving maternal and child health and to reducing maternal, infant and child mortality. The community has been in existence for last 7 years with a membership of about 4,000 MCH practitioners, has discussed over 190 issues which are available here - Maternal and Child Health Community

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