Maternal Mortality

Why Two Plasters Give Me Hope For The Future

Claire Morris | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Claire Morris

We are knee-deep in bad news and I've lost count of the number of conversations I have had with people anxious about the future, particularly for women and girls, but I am staying hopeful. And the reason: two plasters.

Putting a Price on Women's Health Issues: Why I'm Grateful For Britain's National Health Service

Dr Nitu Bajekal | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitu Bajekal

In order to have a socially progressive society, we need to empower women to take charge of their own health through education and open discussion. Throwaway remarks devaluing women's health issues should be snuffed out straight away since this is a dangerous game for politicians.

When Medical Opinions Differ

Louise Parry | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK Parents
Louise Parry

More than ever we require an official set of guidelines so that pregnant women with mental health issues are not given conflicting medical opinions which have the potential to cause serious harm.

Imprisoned in Hospital - The Story of Folake Oduyoye

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

For over 10 years, WBFA and I have intervened to assist with medical bills through our various community programmes like the TMB and IMedF. However, this model is ultimately unsustainable.

Living as an Empty-Armed Mother After Surviving HELLP Syndrome

Leigh Kendall | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Left untreated, both conditions are likely to result in the deaths of both mum and baby. The only cure is for the baby to be born. My partner and I were both utterly devastated - we knew the chances of our baby's survival at that stage were slim.

How Can We Make Women Count When the Numbers Don't Add Up?

Simon Cooke | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Cooke

By investing to make contraception available to every woman who wants it, improving access to safe abortion where it's legal and making sure that medical care is readily available when things go wrong we can make a real difference. It's not rocket science - even for someone still relatively new to the development sector like me.

Join Our Call to Make Women Matter

Claire Morris | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Claire Morris

Women around the world are still facing some of the worst discrimination imaginable. From child marriage to female genital mutilation and inexcusably high rates of maternal mortality, the list goes on. As we approach International Women's Day, it doesn't seem like there is much to celebrate.

Giving Birth in Sierra Leone: Not Just Women's Stuff

Robin Lustig | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Sierra Leone should be one of the most prosperous countries in West Africa, with its diamonds, iron ore and bauxite reserves. Yet, the vast majority of its people live in grinding poverty, and the country has the fourth highest maternal mortality rate in the world. On health, though, it is making progress.

Saving Mothers' and Babies' Lives in DRC

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

When Agnes Lunkembesa gave birth to her ninth child, she decided enough was enough. But although she knew perfectly well how babies were made, she had no idea how to stop them being made.

Education Transforms

Pauline Rose | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

People around the world know that education is the key to a better life. Voters from over 190 countries who responded to the United Nations My World survey said providing a good education for all was the best way to build a better world. There's a huge gap between that goal and reality, however: 250million children are still being denied a chance to learn the basics.

Every Mother Deserves Our Care

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

While following news on the royal birth, I started to think about the mothers whom I have met in the developing world. Every mother I've met has shared stories: happy stories of joyful babies, tough stories of having little to eat while pregnant or walking for miles to reach a hospital while in labour.

Planning for Family Planning - Walking the Talk of the London Summit

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

It's clear that last week's London Family Planning Summit was a success. The vibe at the Summit was electric with many global leaders making big promises. A massive well done to Melinda Gates, who nudged world leaders to pledge more $2.8 billion in support of family planning up to 2020.

Why Do Contraceptives Save Lives?

Peter Byass | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK
Peter Byass

In reality, every single woman who gets pregnant takes a risk. There are lots of ways of viewing the risks, but let's look at the ultimate bad outcome - women who die as a result of being pregnant.

A Good News Year for Women and Children?

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

Over the years we have seen a lot of good, bad and ugly promises, campaigns and programmes. Some, such as increasing child vaccinations, have been very successful. But in the run up to the finish line for the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, we see that we are still way off key targets for women and children.

Women's Groups Saving and Changing Lives

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 04.07.2012 | UK
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

I am witnessing a monthly meeting by the Chandrajarkie village women's group, which is organised and monitored by the village women. I'm here because I want to understand how the group has achieved a public health and social breakthrough: a massive reduction in neonatal mortality, and a huge step forward in the self-confidence of women.

Pretty, Meaningless Pictures: Save Us From Infographics!

Peter Byass | Posted 09.10.2011 | UK
Peter Byass

Technological capacity for producing graphics has mushroomed in recent years, and the consequences are obvious across all the media

Having It All - Not Just A Feminist Call Of The 1970s

Sarah Brown | Posted 03.09.2011 | UK Politics
Sarah Brown

Getting pregnant is still a phenomenally dangerous thing to do in a country like Sierra Leone which still does not have nearly enough qualified doctors or midwives; or Afghanistan where women and children pay a heavy price from both the conflict and their own low social status.