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Webinar December 15 – Misoprostol for PPH: Innovating for Impact

2016 December 9

Join Us

Mexico City 9AM | New York 10AM | London 3PM | Nairobi 6PM | Dhaka 9PM

This one-hour webinar will share innovations – interventions, technologies, and distribution approaches – that have the potential to increase access to and use of misoprostol for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), the leading cause of maternal death. This webinar will:

  • Highlight innovative ways that countries are expanding access to and use of misoprostol for PPH
  • Show how successful innovations can be scaled up for national impact
Presenters
  • Esther Azasi, Knowledge Management Specialist & Associate Program Manager, One Million Community Health Workers Campaign–Millennium Promise, Ghana
  • Holly Anger, Program Associate, Gynuity Health Projects, USA
  • Gail Webber, Saving Mothers Project, Mara Region, Tanzania and University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Masood Arzoiy, Service Delivery Team Leader, HEMAYAT project, Jhpiego, Afghanistan

Moderator

Shafia Rashid, Senior Technical Advisor, FCI Program, Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

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Uniting the Community to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence in Mali

2016 November 29
by Martha Murdock

Martha Murdock is technical strategy lead for regional programs at the FCI Program of Management Sciences for Health. This post originally appeared on MSH’s Global Health Impact Blog

As a part of the international “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence” campaign for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls, MSH is sharing its experience working to eradicate gender-based violence.

Photo credit: Adama Sanogo/MSH

Photo credit: Adama Sanogo/MSH

“We remember the hard times the women and girls of Douentza have experienced,” said Animata Bassama, a representative of the women of Douentza, referring to the fighting and ensuing gender-based violence (GBV) that plagued Mali in 2012.

Animata spoke to a crowd of 100 government officials, NGO representatives, health and finance officials, women’s advocates, and community members. A new center for GBV survivors, fortified by concrete and adorned in yellow and pink, was her backdrop. read more…

Advocacy success story: Kenya approves misoprostol for PPH

2016 October 19

Melissa Wanda Kirowo is advocacy project officer for FCI Program of Management Sciences for Health in Kenya. 

This blog post provides an update to an earlier post.

The Kenya Constitution states that every person has the right to the highest attainable standard of health, including reproductive health. To realize this right, every person must have access to high-quality, life-saving medicines.

Photo credit: Mark Tuschman

Photo credit: Mark Tuschman

Recently, the government achieved great strides toward making this right to health a reality for its citizens. For the first time, the Kenya Essential Medicines List 2016 (KEML) included misoprostol in the oxytocics section, indicating its use for the prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), excessive bleeding after childbirth and a leading cause of maternal death. Misoprostol is stable at room temperature, available in pill form, and inexpensive. Because of these advantages and the drug’s wide availability, misoprostol may be a woman’s only chance for surviving PPH in settings with limited infrastructure and a shortage of skilled birth attendants–like many parts of Kenya. read more…

WILD women with disabilities call for social inclusion through photos and stories

2016 October 18

Ariadna Capasso is senior technical advisor for the FCI Program of Management Sciences for Health. 

Women and young persons with disabilities are particularly powerful voices in the movement for gender equality and social inclusion. Last month, I had the privilege to moderate a panel of outspoken activists with disabilities to commemorate the opening of the two-week photo exhibit, Brilliant and Resilient: Celebrating the Power of Women Activists with Disabilities, at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

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LAC 2016: Reducing inequities in sexual and reproductive health among adolescents

2016 October 18

Ariadna Capasso is senior technical advisor at the FCI Program of Management Sciences for Health. 

Reducing inequities in sexual and reproductive health–especially for adolescents and youth–remains a priority focus among policymakers, healthcare practitioners, and advocates in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In September 2016, twenty-two governments and a broad range of partners–including international and regional technical, professional, funding and research organizations, INGOs and the private sector–came together for the LAC 2016 Conference in Cartagena, Colombia. read more…

Countdown to 2015 becomes Countdown to 2030

2016 October 12

By Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

This post originally appeared on the Maternal Health Task Force blog. 

CountdownCountdown to 2015 for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival (“Countdown”) was established in 2005 in response to The Lancet Child Survival Series with the goal of monitoring countries’ progress toward achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 (reduce child mortality) and 5 (improve maternal health) by 2015. Countdown is led by a team of multi-disciplinary leaders in the maternal and child health field, including researchers, governments, international agencies, professional organizations and other stakeholders. Now that the world has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Countdown has extended its work to monitor progress toward achieving SDG 3 (ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages) by 2030. read more…

Global Leaders in Maternal Newborn Health: Maria Fernandez Elorriaga (Mexico)

2016 October 7

By Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

This article originally appeared on the Maternal Health Task Force blog.

In July 2016, global leaders gathered for the second annual Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop (SMNLW) hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) in partnership with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and The Aga Kahn University and sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The participants represented 26 countries from five continents.

Maria Fernandez Elorriaga (Mexico)SMNLW participant Maria Fernandez Elorriaga is the principal investigator and technical coordinator of a study investigating the use of the World Health Organization (WHO) Safe Childbirth Checklist to improve the quality of institutional delivery in Mexico. Maria is also co-investigator on two more studies of implementation science in maternal and perinatal care. In addition, Maria has worked as a primary and community care nurse in Spain, as a regional nutrition coordinator in Malawi and as child health and nutrition coordinator in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria. read more…

Global Leaders in Maternal and Newborn Health: Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta (Canada and Pakistan)

2016 October 5

By Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

This article originally appeared on the Maternal Health Task Force blog.

Zulfiqar_BhuttaIn July 2016, 35 global leaders in maternal newborn health gathered for the second annual Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop (SMNLW) hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF), the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and The Aga Kahn University, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The participants represented 26 countries from five continents.

SMNLW participant Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is the Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and the Founding Director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, at the Aga Khan University, unique joint appointments. He also holds adjunct professorships at several leading Universities globally including the Schools of Public Health at Johns Hopkins (Baltimore), Tufts University (Boston), Boston University School of Public Health, University of Alberta as well as the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is a designated Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan and was the Founding Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan from 2003-2014. read more…

Within reach: Strategies to ensure maternal health supplies

2016 October 3

The FCI Program of MSH will be at the 17th General Membership Meeting of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition in Seattle. Please join us for a breakfast and panel discussion on strategies for increasing access to misoprostol and oxytocin to prevent and treat postpartum hemorrhage and magnesium sulfate to treat pre-eclampsia/eclampsia.

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Learning to learn: An important part of knowledge management

2016 October 3
by Melissa Wanda Kirowo
Melissa Wanda Kirowo is Advocacy and Communications Project Officer for the FCI Program of Management Sciences for Health in Kenya.
This article originally appeared on the K4Health blog.

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of attending the knowledge management (KM) share fair in Arusha, Tanzania. After much reflection and many attempts at integrating some of the KM models that I learnt from the share fair in my work, I realized something very important: We have to be willing to learn how to learn to get the best out of what KM has to offer. What does this mean? Consider the following… read more…