Resources on Maternal health

The report documents a March 2006 workshop to discuss the role of midwives in achieving MDG 5 (improving maternal health). The workshop, the first of its kind for UNFPA, brought together midwives from developing and industrialized countries with midwifery advisors and UNFPA staff and partners to discuss barriers to the development of a robust midwifery workforce. Although many of the barriers are well known, participants called attention to the underlying issue of gender inequality.

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This advocacy booklet highlights social, cultural, and economic dimensions of obstetric fistula.

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Basic and comprehensive care Basic emergency obstetric and newborn care is critical to reducing maternal and neonatal death. This care, which can be provided with skilled staff in health centres, large or small,...

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This business plan for the Maternal Health Thematic Fund outlines its goals, guiding principles, results framework, management, governance and monitoring and evaluation processes for the period 2008-2011.

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The profiles in this publication highlight how well each of the priority countries (which together represent 95 per cent of maternal and child mortality) is doing in increasing coverage of high-impact interventions that can save the lives of millions of women and children. The core indicators included in these updated profiles encompass key elements of the reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health continuum of care. The report also includes a brief report providing a snapshot of progress on these core indicators across the priority countries, revealing promising news as well as challenges that still remain to be addressed.

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This case study (and related film), based in Swaziland, is part of a series of joint publications on strengthening linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV. Increasingly the first two prongs – preventing new HIV infections (Prong 1) and preventing unintended pregnancies in women living with HIV (Prong 2) – are receiving the recognition, commitment and programming support required to have an impact.

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