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Rwanda Dispatch

James Rwema

14 September 2021

Rwanda

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The RapidSMS program provides mobile phones to connect pregnant women, community health workers (CHWs), ambulances, and hospitals. CHWs enter data into phones to track all pregnant women, monitor prenatal care, and id...

Pulse Nigeria

Bayo Wahab

9 September 2021

Nigeria

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Hacey Health Initiative and Alabiyamo Maternal and Child Healthcare Foundation are improving maternal and newborn health in rural communities. The groups have provided more than 50,000 birthing kits containing sterili...

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Ren Bangert

11 August 2021

Canada

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endoQueer is an online support network that provides a safe space for queer, trans, and non-binary people with endometriosis to build community, get support, and find resources. The site offers rigorously-researched r...

Prime Progress

Ifedayo Ogunyemi

12 July 2021

Nigeria

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The Feyisayo Sobowale Initiative (TFSI) works to address Period poverty, the lack of access to menstrual products by people who cannot afford them. In the four-hour training, TFSI distributes free sanitary products an...

Nigeria Health Watch

Aloysius Chidiebere Ugwu

Adaobi N. Ezeokoli

21 June 2021

Nigeria

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The GEANCO Foundation provides services to increase the health of pregnant women, including an anemia clinic that provides free antenatal care and a stipend to support women’s nutritional needs. Because many women pre...

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Nina Feldman

Alan Yu

4 June 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A large number of hospital closures pushed the remaining obstetrics chiefs to work together to maintain safe and accessible maternity care, especially for low-income and English as a second language community members....

Haitian Times

J.O. Haselhoef

28 May 2021

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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...

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...

The New Yorker

Sarah Weiser

13 May 2021

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Choices - Memphis Center for Reproductive Health provides midwifery services and trains new generations of midwives, with a focus on improving the experiences of women of color. Midwives played a central role in Black...

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

Emma Bryce

Wana Udobang

19 June 2019

Lagos, Nigeria

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Addressing the stigma surrounding Caesarean sections in sub-saharan Africa is a vital component in reducing maternal mortality. In Nigeria, the nonprofit, Mamalette, a nonprofit organization, recruits and trains mothe...

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Anna Claire Vollers

11 June 2019

Alabama, United States

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To combat pregnancy-related deaths, a coalition of "doctors, nurses, public health leaders and others" have created a Maternal Mortality Review Committee to act as a statewide task force and investigate the reasoning ...

Yes! Magazine

Lornet Turnbull

16 May 2019

United States

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As abortion laws become increasingly restrictive across the southern US, more and more grassroots organizations are working to ensure access to abortions is still available. There exists a network called National Netw...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

23 April 2019

Birnin, Kebbi, Nigeria

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Fistula repair surgery has become routine in the state of Kebbi in Nigeria thanks to the implementation of a health center that has made treatment easier for women to access. The center aims to address both medical an...

BBC

Amelia Martyn-Hemphill

Raissa Ioussouf

1 April 2019

Madagascar

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Cases of obstetric fistula plague many women in Madagascar, but women that have been able to seek care are now joining together to bring that care to other women in rural areas. As patient ambassadors, these women tel...

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Emanuela Zuccalà

18 March 2019

Bonthe Island, Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone has long been battling a childbirth crisis due to a decade-long civil war that devastated the health care system, and it is especially apparent in the remote region of Bonthe Island. A series of partnersh...

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Will Worley

11 March 2019

Norway

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Governments in Norway, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates have all implemented policies around breastfeeding in the workplace in order to promote healthy child development. Although not without limitations a...

FastCompany

Courtney Biggs

1 March 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Endometriosis impacts millions of women across the world, but many don't know what sort of symptoms to look for or how to treat it. To address this, a team at Columbia University developed an app that focuses on aware...

California Health Report

Nicole Knight

19 February 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Reported cases of congenital syphilis have significantly increased in Los Angeles County, but the solution may be in more thorough intake assessments. Similar to the role drug industry representatives play in operatio...

NPR

Alison Kodjak

18 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Despite many medical advances in obstetrics, there is still little understanding around what causes pre-mature labor and how to successfully stop it. Doctors and researchers in New York City are working to change this...

U.S. News & World Report

Katelyn Newman

16 November 2018

New Hampshire, United States

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Moms In Recovery is a New Hampshire-based program providing team-based comprehensive care for pregnant women in recovery from substance use disorder. Women in the program receive therapy, obstetric services, and prima...

Nation Africa

Aggrey Omboki

13 November 2018

Kenya

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Medical innovations in maternal and child health could save thousands of lives in Africa if more governments adopted them. A Kenyan doctor with an international nonprofit that works to transform global health through ...

Nigeria Health Watch

Chibuike Alagboso

30 October 2018

Oyo, Oyo State, Nigeria

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The Nigerian state of Oyo has a modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (mCPR) of 24%, which is the highest in the country compared to the national average of 10.8%. This can be attributed to family planning services bro...

Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)

Priska Neely

27 August 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Centers in Los Angeles are holding breastfeeding support groups targeted specifically for black mothers. Since its inception 3 years, it has encouraged and assisted more than 500 moms...

NPR

Renee Montagne

29 July 2018

Pomona, California, United States

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A collaborative of California hospitals has developed standard procedures for situations that threaten a mother’s life during childbirth as well as a “toolkit” of everything staff need for a rapid response. As a resul...

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