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. […]

Photos from the Field: Child Marriage

Photos from the Field: Child Marriage

This is a young, expectant mother who lives near Butajira, Ethiopia. She was married at 13 and will deliver her first child at 15. She walked to this “lie and wait” house (pictured above) because of excessive bleeding. She lives 30 minutes up in the mountains of southern Ethiopia from the “lie and wait” house. She […]

Making the Voices of 10,000 Women Matter for Preventing Disease

Making the Voices of 10,000 Women Matter for Preventing Disease

By Nalini Saligram, CEO of Arogya World. I am the mother of two beautiful young women, and what I want more than anything else is to help them put their best foot forward in life. My wish for them—and I know all mothers everywhere have similar wishes for their children—is that they live up to […]

Inside Sierra Leone’s Maternal and Newborn Mortality Rates

Inside Sierra Leone’s Maternal and Newborn Mortality Rates

With an overall population of 5.9 million people in Sierra Leone, 200 women will die today from complications during childbirth. Every year, 2400 women lose their lives due to pregnancy related causes in Sierra Leone. And, close to 10,000 babies die every year during their first month of life. There has been notable progress in […]

Every Newborn Action Plan Launches in Johannesburg

Every Newborn Action Plan Launches in Johannesburg

Johannesburg – After over a year of work, the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) was officially launched on Monday, June 30 in Johannesburg during the third Partners’ Forum. In May, the Plan was adopted by the World Health Assembly in Geneva by all 194 member countries during succesful, albeit precarious deliberations. The Every Newborn Action […]

#SouthAfricaCares Side Event In Photos #PMNCHLive

#SouthAfricaCares Side Event In Photos #PMNCHLive

During a packed event at Michelangelo hotel in Johannesburg, key partners including Save the Children, World Vision, PATH, Mothers 2 Mothers, and the Society of Midwives of South Africa came together to rally support for newborns and celebrate the progress thus far to save millions of vulnerable newborns around the world. The Every Newborn Action […]

How Ethiopia is Scaling Midwifery to Save More Mothers, Newborns

How Ethiopia is Scaling Midwifery to Save More Mothers, Newborns

Addis Ababa- In Ethiopia there are 4.9 million pregnancies each year of which 84% take place in rural areas. Here in Ethiopia, where the vast majority of women deliver at home, only 32% of maternal, newborn and child health needs are being met by midwives according to the newly released State of Midwifery Report. That is troubling […]

Journalists Travel to Ethiopia to Report on #NewbornHealth

Journalists Travel to Ethiopia to Report on #NewbornHealth

It may seem a little quiet around SocialGoodMoms.com, but for good reason. I am co-leading a group of journalists throughout Ethiopia who are reporting on newborn health with the International Reporting Project.  Putting together a robust itinerary for the journalists has been a capstone to all of the knowledge I have gained since learning about […]

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