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Topics / Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health

Safeguarding the health of mothers and young children is one of the world’s most urgent priorities and a core focus of our work. Every year in developing countries, millions of mothers and their babies die during childbirth or in the first months of life. These deaths can be prevented.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

ORS Is a Magic Elixir That Saves Lives

Oral rehydration solution (ORS) is a simple, cheap and effective intervention that has prevented millions of deaths from diarrhea-related dehydration.

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What’s It Like to Have Malaria in a Remote Area?

It was late at night, but the boda boda arrived very quickly, which was important as Jalia was so sick.

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Ugandan Advocate Calls on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

It’s quite remarkable how Citizens’ Hearings have recently taken place in almost 30 countries, ensuring people’s voices are heard, and showing governments that citizens do want to participate, and should be at the centre of accountability processes.

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Women and Health: The key to sustainable development

The Commission on Women and Health’s report clearly articulates that when women are valued, counted and compensated, and governments are accountable to them, they are better positioned to make significant contributions to the wellbeing of families, communities and nations and, ultimately, to sustainable development.

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Menstruation Matters: Why Menstrual Hygiene Management is Core to Our Contract with the Future

On any given day, more than 800 million women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 are menstruating worldwide. That’s right, I said it: menstruating. Menstrual hygiene is a harbinger of gender equality. It depends upon equal access to the right types of sanitation facilities, accurate information shared by men and women alike, and shared ownership from men and women across sectors and government ministries.

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