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Bright Magazine

Jackie Mader

2 May 2018

Tampa, Florida, United States

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The U.S. has a higher rate of infant mortality than any other developed nation. In Hillsborough County, Florida, a home visitation program coupled with extensive social services available to new mothers has cut the ra...

New Vision

Lillian Namusoke Magezi

3 April 2018

Iganga, Iganga District, Uganda

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Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) Clinic is taking a youth centered approach towards teaching reproductive health. Their methods, which include having youth days, hiring youth peer counselors, and providing private roo...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

26 March 2018

Madadi, Kebbi, Nigeria

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A small farming community in Nigeria attracted the attention of local and state governments as well as NGOs when they built themselves a two room primary school in 2003. With additional funding from many actors, the c...

Marie Claire

Abigail Haworth

19 March 2018

Dedza District, Malawi

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Since beginning office Senior Chief Theresa Kachindamoto, tribal ruler of the Dedza District in central Malawi had one mission: To end child marriages. “In 2017 alone, the chief annulled some 200 child marriages in he...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

1 March 2018

Nigeria

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Nigerian women account for an outsized proportion of maternal deaths worldwide, many of which were caused by preventable problems such as post-partum hemorrhaging (PPH). A study of providers found that oxytocin was be...

The New York Times

Miriam Zoila Perez

14 February 2018

Winter Garden, Florida, United States

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A Florida clinic has achieved success caring for pregnant women from traditionally marginalized communities and helping them deliver healthy babies. The clinic’s care is distinguished by access for women with all type...

BBC

Fi Glover

11 February 2018

Nepal

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In Nepal, a revolutionary volunteer program called the “Female Community Health Volunteers” has led the country to drastically decline the number of women that die giving childbirth. Over 50,000 volunteers look after ...

News Deeply

Didem Tali

11 January 2018

Mongolia

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By increasing access to maternal clinics and embracing innovations in medical telecommunications technology, Mongolia has dramatically decreased deaths related to pregnancy and birth. With many people living in remote...

Rewire

Mary Annette Pember

5 January 2018

United States

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It is exceptionally difficult for indigenous people in Canada and the United States to receive culturally competent care from non-Native providers. A series of efforts focused on maternal care and the role of midwives...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Miles Bryan

22 December 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Income inequality and limited access to healthcare contribute to high rates of infant mortality in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago. The University of Illinois has partnered with the Cuban Ministry of Public Heal...

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Odette Chalaby

15 December 2017

Mexico

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The CASA school in Guanajuato was founded to train midwives and advocate for their role during childbirth. CASA's students receive an education in modern medicine as well as traditional practices, with the goal of bei...

News Day

Michelle Chifamba

14 December 2017

Zimbabwe

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Family planning is crucial to fighting against poverty. However, many women cannot afford contraceptives. The United Nations Fund for Population Activities is now supporting the Zimbabwe government to provide women wi...

Al Jazeera

Claudia Bellante

3 December 2017

Tijuana, Mexico

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Pregnant women at the US-Mexico border are often living in hard conditions and facing obstetric violence at public hospitals or being pushed into c-sections at private clinics. 'Parteras Fronterizas' offers an alterna...

The Guardian

Priti Salian

30 August 2017

Indore, India

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A neonatal hospital in Indore, India has been using a device called a MiraCradle that is showing success in treating birth asphyxia. This low-cost solution is helping to address a significant problem of neonatal death...

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Sami Edge

27 August 2017

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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New Mexico has been fighting the rise of the opioid epidemic for decades, so when medical professionals noticed an increase in opioid-dependent mothers giving birth, one doctor started a new program to address this. T...

The Baltimore Sun

Andrea K. McDaniels

1 August 2017

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A program in Baltimore is putting 4 women through training to become doulas who will help low-income, minority mothers navigate their pregnancies and childbirth. Utilizing doulas leads to better health outcomes for mo...

Mediamax Network

Rebecca Mutiso

19 July 2017

Kenya

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In remote areas of Kenya, health care is hard to access and medical professionals and technology have been hard to come by. A new partnership between the government, Phillips, and the United Nations Population Fund (...

Vox

Julia Belluz

29 June 2017

California, United States

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The USA is seeing rising maternal mortality rates in recent years. It shows higher rates than most developed countries, in part due to the country's lack of attention to women's health. California is reversing this tr...

Bright Magazine

Anna-Catherine Brigida

5 June 2017

Ecuador

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A program in Ecuador invites indigenous parteras, or midwives, into state hospitals in order to accommodate and better provide services for indigenous women. After the program was implemented the child birth rate drop...

Bright Magazine

Linus Unah

6 April 2017

Ondo, Nigeria

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In the Nigeria state of Ondo the maternal mortality rate fell by 40 percent after the state unrolled the Abiye vanguard program. Over 400 health vanguard’s were hired to ensure that pregnant women delivered their babi...

The New York Times

Sabrina Tavernise

28 October 2016

Columbia, South Carolina, United States

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In South Carolina, a Medicaid program is offering long-acting contraceptives during a new mother’s hospital stay, while she is still eligible for the benefit. Other states are following suit.

Richland Source

Brittany Schock

27 September 2016

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Richland County, OH has a 7.3 percent infant mortality rate per 1,000 infants born, which is one point higher than the national rate. The rate is influenced by socio-economic issues and a lack of pre-and post-natal ca...

Al Jazeera

Tlaleng Mofokeng

25 July 2016

Liberia

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In Liberia, about 3 women die from complications due to childbirth every day. In a country that is drastically medically underserved, doctors are training midwives to perform Cesarean sections and resuscitate babies w...

News Deeply

Liza Ramrayka

6 July 2016

Ethiopia

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A mobile health project in Ethiopia gives any health worker with a smartphone access to the information they need to deal with emergencies during childbirth. Now it's being scaled up to reach 10,000 health workers acr...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brie Zeltner

16 March 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cleveland has an alarmingly high rate of infant mortality, there are a large number of infant deaths from SIDS, sleep deaths, and problems stemming from being born prematurely. Programs across Cleveland are growing in...

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