Photos from the Field: NeoNatalie Newborn Educational Mannequin

Photos from the Field: NeoNatalie Newborn Educational Mannequin

In low-resource settings across the globe midwives are learning about the critical first hour after birth that can keep more newborns alive through Helping Babies Breathe training. In Yetoban, Ethiopia at Project Mercy midwives take skills labs classes that will utilize the NeoNatalie Newborn educational mannequin. Midwifery training at Project Mercy is through a partnership between Jhpiego, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Newborns are on the World Health Assembly’s Agenda

Why Newborns are on the World Health Assembly’s Agenda

Today the 67th World Health Assembly convened in Geneva, Switzerland. On tap this week will be discussions about health issues ranging from climate change to tuberculosis. Also on the agenda is a key discussion about newborns and the draft of the Every Newborn Action Plan (item 14.2 on the agenda). You might remember that as […]

Save the Children Releases New Report on Motherhood in Conflict

Save the Children Releases New Report on Motherhood in Conflict

This article was originally published on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Impatient Optimists. Every year Save the Children releases its annual State of the World’s Mothers report and each year a magnifying glass is held up to motherhood around the world and how mothers fare based solely on where they live. Now in its fifteenth year, Save the […]

WHO Releases New Maternal Health and Mortality Data

WHO Releases New Maternal Health and Mortality Data

Maternal health  is one of the world’s biggest global health priorities especially as the deadline for the Millineum Development Goals near. As a global priority MDG 5 (improve maternal health) cannot be effectively measured without full and complete data resources. According to the new report, Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 – 2013, only 40% of countries accurately record […]

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts That Give Back and Save Lives

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts That Give Back and Save Lives

Mother’s Day is a celebration full of flowers, cards, and sentimental mementos. It’s also a day to celebrate not only our mothers and the moms we know personally, but mothers everywhere. As you know there are women around the world who will lose their life giving birth. That may sound blunt, but the numbers say it […]

Sharing the Gift of Health – this Mother’s Day and Every Day

Sharing the Gift of Health – this Mother’s Day and Every Day

By Casey Santiago, Founder and CEO of Kangu.org As every mom can attest, motherhood changes you. For me, becoming a mother made me feel, for the first time, part of a global sisterhood. Though we may live very different lives, all the world’s moms share one of life’s most beautiful experiences – becoming and being […]

Have You Heard How Rice University is Saving Newborns?

Have You Heard How Rice University is Saving Newborns?

Throughout the entire Mother’s Day month we will dedicate several posts to newborn and maternal health. We will feature programs and projects that are showing considerable progress in newborn health, are efficient and cost-cutting, and are even shaking up the newborn health and survival landscape with innovations in low-and middle-income countries. Even though it’s not May […]

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