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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Global Maternal Health Conference 2010

This summer the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth and the Public Health Foundation of India are hosting the Global Maternal Health Conference 2010 in New Delhi, August 30—September 1. The meeting is expected to bring together approximately 500 maternal health experts and advocates for an unprecedented global technical and programmatic meeting focused exclusively on maternal health.

The Global Maternal Health Conference 2010 aims to build on gathering momentum around United Nations Millennium Development Goal #5, improving maternal health. The meeting is being designed to build consensus around what is needed to make real improvements in the health and lives of pregnant women.

A steering committee has been established and will be confirming the conference themes, and a call for abstracts will be issued soon. The organizers envision a robust youth presence, with the Young Champions of Maternal Health and Indian professionals recruited by the Public Health Foundation of India participating. A scholarship program is also planned to ensure broad participation from around the world.

Stay tuned to this space and the Maternal Health Task Force website for upcoming details.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Men As Partners Video profiles by UNiTE to End Violence


A digital story from EngenderHealth’s Men As Partners program in South Africa is the featured video of the week on the Say NO—UNiTE to End Violence against Women YouTube channel. In this video, a young woman from South Africa tells of the abuse she suffered by the men in her life, the trauma she endured, and the healing she has been through as a gender activist. Learn about Thoko's story, share comments, and view other empowering videos at

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Transforming Women's Lives in Niger

With one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world, a woman in Niger has a one in seven chance of dying in childbirth or pregnancy during her lifetime.

By age 16, more than half of girls in Niger are married, and many have already borne children. The overwhelming majority of these births are at home—not at health facilities. Nationwide, barely one-third of births are assisted by trained health professionals.

This International Women’s Day, we celebrate individuals in Niger who are helping women fight these odds and transforming lives. This photo essay profiles nurse-midwives who participated in a recent training by EngenderHealth’s Fistula Care Project, which is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), as well as young Nigerien women who are benefiting from fistula repair surgery and better maternal health services. With EngenderHealth’s—and your—help, women and girls here can have a better tomorrow.