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Recent UNICEF news about maternal health

Read about the ways in which UNICEF and its partners are working together to improve maternal health and newborn and child survival.

Pregnancy and childbirth support in Pakistan

THATTA, Pakistan, 19 October 2010 – When the floods hit the town of Belosheher in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh last August, Haleema Gafoor, 20, was in the final weeks of her pregnancy. With waters quickly submerging their home, she and her family had no choice but to flee.

In rural Ethiopia, health extension workers bring care to new mothers

WONDO GENET, Ethiopia, 6 August 2010 – Beaming with pride, new mother Martha Getachew arrives at the Wosha and Soyama village clinic in central Ethiopia. She is greeted fondly by community health workers, known here as ‘health extension workers.’

'Letter to a friend' campaign promotes healthy pregnancies in Indonesia

TIDORE, Indonesia, 22 July 2010 – Nafisa, 30, lost two of her four children before they turned one year old. They had fever and she took them to the local community health centre. “They could not be saved,” she says. “I was very sad.”

In tea country, Indian mothers learn the importance of breastfeeding

DIBRUGARH, India, 24 June 2010 – Durowpadi Bedia, an ‘Angawadi’ community health worker at the Nahortoli Tea Estate in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, takes her job very seriously.

Defying odds, a female doctor tackles maternal health in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, 4 June 2010 – For Dr. Sumaira Yaftali, medicine is more than just a career. It’s the culmination of her life-long ambition.

Reducing the dangers of pregnancy in Sierra Leone through free women's health care

BO, Sierra Leone, 4 June 2010 – In late April, just after her baby boy was born at Bo Government Hospital in southern Sierra Leone, it was by no means certain that Hawa Barrie would survive to raise him. Ms. Barrie, 40, was suffering from eclampsia, a pregnancy-related complication characterized by seizures and convulsions.

'Women Deliver 2010' conference addresses maternal health and child survival

NEW YORK, 7 June 2010 – UNICEF and other international leaders in maternal health and child survival are meeting in Washington, DC this week to accelerate a global campaign aimed at reducing deaths of pregnant women and young children.

On visit to Guinea, Mia Farrow sees needs and innovations in child and maternal health
CONAKRY, Guinea, 25 May 2010 – On a five-day trip to Guinea this month, world-renowned actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow noted the desperate need for increased investment in essential maternal and child health care.

In rural Nepal, new birthing centres make pregnancy and childbirth safer

HUMLA, Nepal, 25 May 2010 – Humla district, in Nepal’s mountainous north-west, is one of the most remote places on the planet. This is a land whose severity makes it beautiful, but also difficult for the people who live here. They face limited access to food, education and health facilities, and frequently suffer hardships as a result.

Community midwives provide inexpensive, local obstetric care in rural Pakistan

KASUR, Pakistan, 19 May 2010 – When Mussarat Pervaiz gave birth to her first child eight years ago, she travelled to a private health facility where she paid more than $60 for the delivery. For the wife of a steel factory worker in a village in north-western Pakistan, this sum – which was repeated for four more births – was considerable.

Sierra Leone announces free health care for mothers and children

BONTHE DISTRICT, Sierra Leone, 27 April 2010 – Sabatu Koroma, 28, groaned as she lay helplessly on the stretcher of the motorcycle ambulance. She had just arrived at the United Brethren in Christ Hospital in Mattru Jong – a fishing village in Sierra Leone’s Bonthe district – where she was rushed following complications with her pregnancy.

UNICEF Executive Board gets first hand glimpse of health care in remote region

NINGXIA HUI AUTONOMOUS REGION, China, 22 April 2010 – A journey to the north-western Chinese region of Ningxia earlier this month offered members of UNICEF’s Executive Board a firsthand look at health care for mothers and children in one of the most disadvantaged parts of the country.

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