Making Pregnancy and Childbirth Safe in Uganda and Zambia

09 January 2014

Saving Mothers' first Annual Report, Making Pregnancy and Childbirth Safe in Uganda and Zambia, demonstrates rapid progress towards reducing maternal mortality ratios in eight pilot districts. In Uganda districts, the maternal mortality ratio has declined by 30%, while in facilities in Zambia, the maternal mortality ratio has decreased by 35%. Read the report here.
Current Funding Opportunities

20 December 2013

Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the Government of Canada, would like to draw your attention three funding opportunities that are currently open. They are looking for Bold Ideas with Big Impact in global health. The deadlines for each opportunity are rapidly approaching. Click here for more information. 
Financial Times: World Bank drives accountability in donor-funded health projects

17 December 2013

Governments in developing countries will increasingly see a portion of the aid they receive based on the proven outcome of donor-funded health projects, under a drive for improved accountability coordinated by the World Bank. Norway, the UK and other industrialized countries met in Oslo on Wednesday to discuss doubling an existing $500m trust fund for “results-based financing for health” that has already supported similar projects over the past six years in 31 countries. To learn more and read the full article click here. Follow #RMFHealth on twitter. 
World malaria report 2013 shows major progress in fight against malaria, calls for sustained financing

12 December 2013

Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 45% globally and by 49% in Africa, according to the "World malaria report 2013" published by WHO. The large majority of the 3.3 million lives saved between 2000 and 2012 were in the 10 countries with the highest malaria burden, and among children aged less than 5 years – the group most affected by the disease. To learn more click here and to read the report click here
New Way to Finance Health in the World’s Less Developed Nations

11 December 2013

Countries and major donors are changing the way they finance maternal and child, malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS health programs in low-income countries to increase their impact. The approach, called Results-Based Financing for Health, or RBF, pays providers or recipients of health services after pre-agreed results have been achieved and independently verified. Early research shows that countries that use RBF can get 20 percent more health care for the same amount of money with a higher quality of care. To read more on RBF click here. To join the conversation on twitter follow 
Washington Post: “UN: 230 million children under 5 never registered”

11 December 2013

Nearly 230 million children under the age of five around the world have never had their birth registered, which often means they will be barred from education, health care and social security, the U.N. children’s agency said. To read the full article click here. To read UNICEF's report, Every Child's Birth Right: Inequities and Trends in Birth Registration, click here. To join the conversation on twitter follow .

10 December 2013

As part of the mHealth Summit activities, the mHealth Alliance will host mHealth+SocialGood, in collaboration with partners such as HIMSS and the United Nations Foundation, on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 12 p.m. ET. This event, which will be open to all Summit attendees and also available to the global community via live stream, will focus on the theme “To 2015 and Beyond: Envisioning the future of mHealth”. Click here to learn more. Click here to watch the Livestream.
Born Too Soon: A Supplement of Preterm Births Worldwide

06 December 2013

This article, published in Reproductive Health, is part of a supplement jointly funded by Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program through a grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and March of Dimes Foundation and published in collaboration with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and the World Health Organization (WHO). The original article was published in PDF format in the WHO Report “Born Too Soon: the global action report on preterm birth” (ISBN 978 92 4 150343 30), which involved collaboration from more than 50 organizations. The article has been reformatted for journal publication and has undergone peer review according to Reproductive Health’s standard process for supplements and may feature some variations in content when compared to the original report. To view the article click here.
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