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Haitian Times

J.O. Haselhoef

28 May 2021

Haiti

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Midwives for Haiti (MfH) is one of the Haitian or American-based organizations working to address Haiti's alarmingly high maternal and infant death rates. MfH trains skilled birth attendants, through an 18-month curri...

FastCompany

Talib Visram

19 May 2021

United States

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Pregnancy tests account for two million pounds of plastic waste a year. If you were born before the 1980s, chances are your mother's pregnancy test is in a landfill. Since its creation in the 1970s, pregnancy tests re...

Retro Report

Sarah Weiser

13 May 2021

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Black midwifery has deep cultural roots, especially in the South as a remnant of the medical profession's neglect of Black women. Though the tradition largely died out, and nurse-midwives have become more professional...

Science Africa

Sharon Atieno

16 March 2021

Siaya County, Kenya

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In Kenya's Siaya County, community-selected individuals known as nyamrerwa are trained "to address healthcare issues of individuals and communities in their respective localities." The initiative is part of a larger s...

Nigeria Health Watch

Paul Adepoju

8 March 2021

Nigeria

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An app is offering reproductive healthcare help to women in Nigeria who don't always have access to reliable maternal and prenatal health information. While it does require the user to have access to technology, it ha...

The Washington Post

Ashley Nguyen

1 March 2021

Minnesota, United States

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In 2013, Minnesota’s Medical Assistance Medicaid program expanded to include access for those who were providing support as doulas, but many barriers faced those who tried to get on the registry. From a registration f...

The Oaklandside

Sonya Lustig

1 March 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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In Oakland, California, a group of Black birth workers has been working to improve prenatal and postpartum care for mothers by offering care that is designed “by, for, and with Black people.” The group uses a series o...

Nigeria Health Watch

Rabson Kondowe

15 February 2021

Tchalo, Malawi

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David Gordon Memorial Hospital, owned and run by the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Synod of Livingstonia, bought two ambulances to transport pregnant women to health clinics for free. Malawi has one of the hig...

BBC

Craig Langran

26 January 2021

United States

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Doctors have created a pressure garment that prevents women from dying from obstetric hemorrhage during childbirth. Modeled after the NASA spacesuit, the product was far from ideal when first envisioned in 1969 and we...

BBC

Muhsin Baki

Mansur Kurugu

21 January 2021

Bardo, Nigeria

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Community workers in a village in Nigeria worked together to buy a car to use as an emergency vehicle for pregnant women who are in labor. The initiative has caught the attention of local government, which prompted th...

TheCable

Kelechukwu Iruoma

8 January 2021

Cross River, Nigeria

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The Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) initiative in Cross River state is helping to address a gap in services that women had been facing during childbirth and reduce the state's and Nigeria's overall maternal mortali...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

4 January 2021

Tayi, Niger, Nigeria

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The local primary health center in Tayi, a new community in Chanchaga Local Government Area of Niger state, has helped normalize the discussion of family planning which includes topics such as primary health care deli...

Autostraddle

Mari Wrobi

31 December 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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To promote the need to end intersex surgery, an organization launched a multi-pronged campaign that raised awareness about the potentially damaging impacts of the practice. The group used social media, created a petit...

BBC

Bara’atu Ibrahim

22 December 2020

Nigeria

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Women who faced difficulty getting to the nearest hospital when they were in labor, organized to raise money to buy a car that could be used as an emergency vehicle. Although having the car has helped significantly wi...

Next City

Sarah Kwon

14 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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A doula program in San Francisco is helping to create jobs and build equity in maternal health, especially for Black mothers. Training is free for the client as well as for the doulas, with trainees also receiving men...

The Lily

Sarah Stankorb

3 September 2020

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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A local collaborative in Hamilton County, Ohio has reduced infant mortality by initiating regional educational campaigns and creating “sacred spaces” where Black women meet and learn how to become empowered to "tell t...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

Adaobi Ezeokoli

2 September 2020

Lagos State, Nigeria

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When the reality of the coronavirus pandemic arrived in Nigeria, health officials at Lagos University Teaching Hospital prioritized preparatory training and created a COVID-19 volunteer team of responders. These effor...

Nigeria Health Watch

Taiwo Adebulu

16 June 2020

Lagos State, Nigeria

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Public private partnerships are helping hospitals in Nigeria provide more efficient care, especially as it relates to maternal health. In Lagos State, the model – which partners a private healthcare management firm wi...

New Vision

Jacky Achan

15 June 2020

Uganda

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To help pregnant women during the COVID-10 pandemic, the government in Uganda sold travel and private hospital care vouchers to those in their third trimester to ensure the women had access to the care they would need...

Nigeria Health Watch

Olufemi Omotayo

Agnes Udosen

26 May 2020

Lagos State, Nigeria

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Nigeria’s annual maternal death count has been associated with non-traditional birthing methods, which has led local officials in Lagos State to explore ways to improve the quality of the primary health care delivery ...

The Marshall Project

Alysia Santo

Elaine McMillion Sheldon

6 May 2020

Wetumpka, Alabama, United States

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Alabama’s Tutwiler Prison for women, once found to be one of the worst prisons for women in the country, has undergone major reforms to change its once-abusive culture. A key part of this has been a focus on pregnant ...

Yes! Magazine

Danielle Hayden

4 May 2020

United States

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With restrictions on visitors in hospitals, expecting mothers are bringing their doulas, via computer, into their delivery rooms. While virtual conversations may not be what new mothers were hoping for, in a strained ...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

9 March 2020

Sifawa, Sokoto, Nigeria

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Throughout Sokoto State in Nigeria, community conversations are taking place as part of an awareness campaign to encourage community members to change their perceptions of maternal health and safe-birth practices. The...

Global Sisters Report

Kelechukwu Iruoma

13 February 2020

Uyo, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria

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In Nigeria, many women who develop fistulas don't seek help due to lack of access to quality health care in the region, but Sisters of Medical Missionaries of Mary have opened a free clinic to help fill the gap. The c...

Global Sisters Report

Doreen Ajiambo

13 January 2020

Loiborsiret, Tanzania

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To reduce maternal mortality in the Masai region of Tanzania, Catholic nuns with Sisters of Notre Dame are building hospitals and educating local women about the importance of giving birth in a medical setting. Althou...

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