Building Capacity to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Uganda’s Lango Sub-Region

In Uganda, an estimated 1.6 million births are registered every year. Of those, 30,000 newborns die, along with 5,700 mothers. While the country has made significant strides in improving maternal health over the past few years, nearly all maternal deaths are preventable—so there is more that needs to be done. To address the causes of … Continue reading “Building Capacity to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Uganda’s Lango Sub-Region”

The 1,000-Day Journey: A First-Time Mom’s Perspective on Breastfeeding Promotion and Behavior Change

It became increasingly clear as Kristina prepared for the arrival of her son that while training and counseling can provide critical information, it sometimes isn’t enough. A health worker or volunteer often has a fleeting and ephemeral interaction with mothers and while their guidance as professionals is certainly respected, a mother’s relationship with her child is intimately personal. This emotional nuance can be overpowering, making information from friends, family, and peers much more trusted.

Adherence: Going the Last Mile in PMTCT

The AIDSFree project’s Aida Berhan, Pia Kochhar, and Stephanie Joyce explains the advantages and challenges of implementing Option B+ for the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.

Making It to Five: A Nutritionist’s Perspective on a Significant Milestone

Each year, 3.1 million children die before reaching their fifth birthday due to malnutrition-related causes. On her son’s fifth birthday, nutrition advisor Carrie Hubbell Melgarejo reflects on the factors that helped him ‘survive to five’ in good health.

What works: Equitable Access to Routine Immunization and Integrated Child Survival Interventions

One in five children in the African region does not receive the vaccines they need, while immunization coverage for Africa has stagnated over the past three years and health systems remain weak. The global health community realizes the Reaching Every District (RED) approach has not been fully implemented in many countries, and did not reach all underserved. It is against this background that a gathering was convened last month to exchange best practices for achieving equitable immunization access in Africa.

Highlighting Issues that Women Face “Inside the Tent” at ICFP

At #ICFP, JSI’s Leela Khanal attended an exhibit on women’s health during crisis, which reminded her of the struggles she witnessed among young women in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in her native Nepal.

Call for Papers: Neglected Populations – Decreasing Inequalities & Improving Measurement in Maternal Health

In order to address the need to reduce inequalities and showcase necessary measurement improvements to uncover them, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) is partnering for the fourth time with PLOS for a new MHTF-PLOS collection, “Neglected Populations: Decreasing inequalities and improving measurement in maternal health.” The MHTF’s overarching goal for our collections is to promote and facilitate the wide dissemination of new evidence on this critical topic, highlighting in particular the work of maternal health researchers in low-resource settings.

Reflecting on Georgia’s Childbirth Revolution

Over 12 years, through two USAID-funded projects, JSI helped transform health care in the country of Georgia. Carolyn Hart reflects on the impact of this work.