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Global reductions in newborn and maternal deaths remain low

While substantial progress has been made globally on aspects of child and maternal survival, including efforts to fight malnutrition and major diseases such as AIDS and malaria, the deaths of millions of children and mothers during childbirth have been largely overlooked, say two leading health researchers at the annual world congress of the International Health Economic Association in Toronto, Ontario (July 10–13)

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New Findings from HIV Prevention Trial

The results from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 study were presented on July 18, 2011 and show that early initiation of antiretroviral treatment leads to a 96% reduction in HIV transmission. 

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The Potential of Technology to Transform Maternal and Newborn Health

How can technology potentially transform the field of maternal and newborn health (MNH)? A 2010 Pacific Health Summit plenary session, "Technologies for MNH: Innovation, Creation, and Delivery," proved an exceptionally rich discussion about the creativity of, and potential for, modern technologies to transform maternal and newborn healthcare in developing countries. The session explored ideas and challenges from the wide variety of perspectives found among a diverse group of high-level stakeholders. Participants hailed from science, industry, policy, academia, and medicine, sectors that do not often coalesce around the theme of maternal and newborn health.

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2011 MDG Goals Report

The Millennium Development Goals 2011 was released on July 7 and serves as a yearly assessment of the progress being made toward the MDGs. The maternal health section begins on page 28 (PDF Link)


Better Midwifery Could Save Millions of Lives

"Public health advisors and practitioners are not relying on the key health professional that can improve maternal mortality - the midwife," said Vincent Fauveau, Senior Maternal Health Advisor with UNFPA, who led the drafting of the report.

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