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Improving Maternal & Newborn Health & Nutrition

Providing quality healthcare and nutritional support for all women and babies is a small price to pay for a healthy generation.
While significant advances have been made in maternal and newborn health, an estimated 300,000 girls and women still die due to pregnancy related complications every year. We must collectively do more to ensure comprehensive investments in maternal and newborn health and nutrition are prioritized across political agendas.

This means investing in health services before, during, and after pregnancy and increasing access to the nutrition needed for essential physical growth and cognitive development. These investments create a ripple effect boosting education, health, and economic outcomes that advance gender equality and development.

This month, Deliver for Good explores stories and solutions for improving maternal and newborn health and nutrition.

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Global Health 50/50: 2018 Report

WHO: Standards for improving quality of maternal & newborn care

EWEC: Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

PMNCH: Tools & Guides

Scaling Up Nutrition: Private Sector Engagement toolkit

Global Nutrition Stakeholder Group: 2017 Report

Women Enabled International: accountABILITY Toolkit for Women with Disabilities

FHI360: Quality Improvement Handbook

White Ribbon Alliance: What Women Want Survey
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Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, Merck for Mothers 
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Solutions in Action
Take a deeper dive into stories and solutions for improving maternal and newborn health and nutrition. 
An Inclusive Environment for Expectant Mothers
Kupona Foundation
Women with disabilities have the same right to quality healthcare as all others, yet they often face challenges with the physical accessibility of facilities and the respectful care of providers. Dr. Brenda D’mello of the CCBRT Maternal & Newborn Healthcare Capacity Building Program in Tanzania shares specific strategies for creating a more inclusive environment for pregnant women living with disabilities. 
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Collaborating to advance women’s health and rights 
The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)
The achievement of the SDGs will largely be determined by the 3 Cs and the 3 Ps; communication, coordination and collaboration, and partners, partners, partners! This is true across global development and more specifically in efforts to treat and repair obstetric fistula.
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The Power of Femininity: A Midwife’s Perspective
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Cultivating a Culture of Quality Care
Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Through extensive experience working to strengthen health systems around the world, MSH has seen time and time again that strong leadership is the key to delivering quality healthcare. Through this blog, they share specific examples of leadership and supportive environments helping to boost maternal and newborn health outcomes in low-resource settings.

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An Invisible Illness Silencing Women
Info Endometriose

Endometriosis is a disease affecting 1 in 10 girls and women yet is largely "forgotten" by the global health community. With consequences such as infertility, Info Endometriose shares key strategies for bringing this "invisible" illness out of the shadows. 
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At the Corner of Healthy & Profitable
Population Services International (PSI)
Funding is an ongoing challenge in global health. PSI is exploring innovative strategies to improve maternal health outcomes through  impact investing -- an approach offering a promising way to mobilize private capital to solve some of the world’s most vexing health issues.
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Texting for Safe Motherhood
Maternity Foundation
Organizations are developing innovative solutions that bring knowledge and services directly to the 5 billion people who have access to mobile phones. Enter LUCY - an SMS program sending pregnant and lactating women key messages and reminders around optimal health for themselves and their newborns. 
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The Power of Collective Action
Every Woman Every Child (EWEC)
Too often the needs of girls and women are viewed in individual, fragmented categories. As a multi-stakeholder platform,  EWEC urges organizations to work across sectors to meet the needs of the whole girl and the whole woman. 
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Male Engagement Helps Newborn Babies
Save the Children
In some cultures, preterm and low-birth-weight babies are undervalued and even neglected. Yet when men are encouraged to have a caretaking role, there is a cultural shift & higher acceptance of the newborn. Save the Children explains how male engagement in skin-to-skin contact can benefit entire families & communities. 
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Optimism in the Global Fight Against Malnutrition 
Nutrition International
The global gender dialogue often focuses on breaking the glass ceiling. Equally crucial is the need to ensure that women and girls are also free of the ‘sticky floor’ that prevents them from having the chance of breaking the glass ceiling in the first place -- including malnutrition among adolescent girls. In this op-ed, the CEO of Nutrition International outlines the ripple effect of investing in improved nutrition for girls everywhere. 
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Adolescents: 1.2 Billion Agents of Change for Improved Nutrition
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
Adolescence presents a unique opportunity to instill positive health behaviors and empower girls and boys to act on their heightened awareness of social issues. It is also a time when young people face many challenges in achieving optimal nutrition. GAIN provides strategies needed to tackle these obstacles. 
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