JSI’s Merce Gasco and Natasha Vartapetova reflect on health disparities, family planning, maternal health, and other key takeaways from the ACOG annual meeting.
In 2015, more than 300,000 women died in childbirth. The vast majority of these deaths could have been prevented. Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the leading cause of maternal death and accounts for an estimated 19 percent of maternal deaths. Who will hemorrhage after delivery is unpredictable but if untreated, PPH can kill a woman within 2 hours.
One of the strategies to reduce maternal mortality worldwide is to encourage the use of health facilities during birth by paying attention to the way women are treated in those facilities – with an emphasis on care with support and dignity. It’s called “respectful care,” and although it’s a new buzzword in the maternal health community, the idea is anything but new. Women have been asking for this for decades, even if not in those very words.
I have had a wonderfully productive visit to Boston, including a side trip to Haiti where I learned more about how JSI puts together proposals to USAID.