Why Getting Women to Deliver in Health Facilities May Be Harder Than We Think

Why Getting Women to Deliver in Health Facilities May Be Harder Than We Think

Every day 800 women die from preventable causes during pregnancy and childbirth. That is 292,000 women too many each year. One of the ways in which this statistic can be reduced is by simply encouraging women in low- and middle-income countries to deliver in health facilities with skilled health workers. That sounds simple enough, but […]

Human Rights Watch Explores the Lives of Indian Women Who Clean Human Waste

Human Rights Watch Explores the Lives of Indian Women Who Clean Human Waste

Lalibai stands by the entrance to the village cremation grounds. Before she took action, villagers had forbidden members of her community to cremate their dead here. © 2014 Digvijay Singh Can you imagine getting up every morning to clean human waste from dry toilets (those without running water or that are not attached to a […]

Introducing Our Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Correspondents

Introducing Our Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Correspondents

As our work continues to expand globally especially as the MDG deadline nears in 2015 we want to ensure that international voices are the cornerstone of our coverage of maternal, newborn, and child health worldwide. We are beginning with three correspondents: Winfred Ogdom, a nutritionist from Uganda, Maryanne Waweru-Wanyama, a motherhood blogger and journalist from Nairobi, Kenya, […]

Sharing Moms’ Stories for #WorldBreastfeeding Week: Ebony #WBW2014

Sharing Moms’ Stories for #WorldBreastfeeding Week: Ebony #WBW2014

Today marks the end of World Breastfeeding Week, but we still have more breastfeeding stories to share after today. We believe that moms help fellow moms through personal stories. That’s why we will continue to share the breastfeeding experiences of new and experienced moms alike. No one wants to feel alone at 2 AM in […]

Photo of the Week: Frontline Health Workers Count #Zambia

Photo of the Week: Frontline Health Workers Count #Zambia

I walked quickly beside Dismus Mwalukwanda on a sandy path bordered by overgrown shrubbery leading through the bush to rural homes outside of Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Mwalukwanda, 43, is a frontline health worker for the Njovo Village and took me to visit a family whose young children he has treated often for malaria. Mwalukwand is […]

Ugandan Nutritionist Offers Breastfeeding Advice

Ugandan Nutritionist Offers Breastfeeding Advice

Very soon we will welcome Winfred Ongom Jaan, a Ugandan nutritionist, as an expert for mothers, children, and newborns right here on SocialGoodMoms.com. She will serve as a correspondent from her home country to report on maternal, newborn, and child health programs, progress, and issues unique to Uganda. Today, during World Breastfeeding Week, Winfred offered […]

Why Congress Needs to Pass the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2014

Why Congress Needs to Pass the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2014

The United States has a maternal mortality problem. For the past 25 years the rate of maternal mortality has increased dramatically in America. In fact, the United States is one of eight countries including Greece, Afghanistan and sub-Saharan African countries where the number of mothers who die during childbirth is on the rise. Now each […]

Save the Date: Our Twitter Chat About #ChildHealth #MDG4 on August 18

Save the Date: Our Twitter Chat About #ChildHealth #MDG4 on August 18

August 18, 2014 marks 500 days to reach the Millennium Development Goals, the set of goals signed into action in September 2000 to reduce extreme poverty in a variety of topic areas from eradicating poverty to ensuring environmental sustainability. MDG 4, or reduce child mortality, laid out a concrete goal to reduce child mortality by […]

Photos from the Field: Expectant Mother Seeks Help in “Lie and Wait” House #Ethiopia

Photos from the Field: Expectant Mother Seeks Help in “Lie and Wait” House #Ethiopia

Expectant woman, Ayelech Fikadu, and her mother, Zarge Badunga sit in a “lie and wait” house at Project Mercy outside of Butajira, Ethiopia. The house was recently renovated by USAID and Pathfinder. Butajira is located in Ethiopia’s southern highlands where many live in the mountains. Women who live in the mountains have a difficult time […]

Photo From the Field: Nine-Day-Old Newborn

Photo From the Field: Nine-Day-Old Newborn

This woman in Mosebo village, 43 kilometers from Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, holds her nine-day-old baby and quickly quiets him by breastfeeding him in her home. Save the Children is working diligently with the Ethiopian Federal Government to properly train health extension workers and provide continuing education for the workers to help save the lives of vulnerable newborns. […]

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