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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.

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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User-experience design: putting the “I” in “innovation” for digital health technologies

In global health, it's a long path to bring a technology to market and reach the people it was designed for. To maximize the probability of impact, the process must begin with the end user.

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Award Recognizes Efforts to Unite Brazilian Researchers around Global Health Innovation

Award Recognizes Efforts to Unite Brazilian Researchers around Global Health Innovation

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International Day of the Midwife: What are global leaders saying?

International Day of the Midwife is an opportunity for the global community to come together to recognize the incredible impact midwives have on maternal and newborn health and decreasing mortality.

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For Babies in Big Cities, It’s Survival of the Richest

We all have a lot more work to do to ensure that every mother has the same opportunities for her baby.

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