• mHealth

    Saadia Azim

    Freelance Journalist
    Sunita Prajapati, right, an accredited social health activist, counsels village women on maternal health at her village in Uttar Pradesh, India. Prajapati owns an Android phone with two specific apps, part of the ReMIND program, in which she maintains the

    Sunita Prajapati, right, an accredited social health activist, counsels village women on maternal health at her village in Uttar Pradesh, India. Prajapati owns an Android phone with two specific apps, part of the ReMIND program, in which she maintains the record of all the pregnant and lactating mothers in her vicinity. (Credit: Jen Hardy/CNS-Catholic Relief Services.)

    This piece was originally published by Crux.

    KOLKATA, India—Usha Devi, a 25-year-old field worker, is three months pregnant with her third child. But this child, she said confidently, will be born in the hospital.

    “Unlike my previous pregnancies, now I know when to call the ambulance,” Devi told Catholic News Service by phone.

    Devi is keeping all of her pregnancy details stored on an app in Sunita Prajapati’s mobile phone, and she knows she will receive reminders of all the important dates.

  • Erin Pfeiffer

    Maternal and Child Survival Program | Consultant
    Grace Nukayisire with her 1-day-old baby Ineza at the maternity ward in Manyange health center in Nyamata, Rwanda.

    Grace Nukayisire with her 1-day-old baby Ineza at the maternity ward in Manyange health center in Nyamata, Rwanda. © 2017 Riccardo Gangale, Courtesy of Photoshare.

    The newborn period is the most vulnerable time in a child’s life. While remarkable global progress has been made in the last decade to decrease child mortality, neonatal mortality reductions have occurred much more slowly. Today, nearly all newborn deaths are preventable with the current understanding of effective interventions and service delivery approaches for women and their children across the life course. There is unprecedented potential to end preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths and ensure a healthy foundation in the first month of life for lifelong wellbeing and development.

  • Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy

    Monique Clesca

    UNFPA | Former Représentante
    Jessica.

    Jessica. Photo: Monique Clesca

    This piece was originally published in French in Le National.

    They are 14-, 16-, and 17-year-old children in Haiti. Their adolescent lives fell apart when they got pregnant—putting their education, their future, and their lives in danger.

  • Advocating for Family Planning Policy

    Nongma Sawadogo

    Management Sciences for Health | Interim Director, FCI Program of MSH, Burkina Faso
    A family planning booth at a health fair in Burkina Faso.

    A family planning booth at a health fair in Burkina Faso. © 2011 Center for Communication Programs, Courtesy of Photoshare

    When I was in training to become a midwife, a flight attendant, with no money and in critical condition, arrived at the maternity ward of Yalgado Ouédraogo hospital in Ouagadougou after getting a botched abortion. My colleagues and I put money together to buy her essential medicines, but she eventually died—even after we administered the medicines. We were shocked. And I thought, we must do something to improve women’s reproductive health. When I think that this woman could have been saved if she’d had access to contraception earlier, I’m reminded of my reason for becoming a midwife—to save human beings.

  • Advocating for Family Planning Policy

    Nongma Sawadogo

    Management Sciences for Health | Interim Director, FCI Program of MSH, Burkina Faso
    Un kiosque de planification familiale au salon de la santé au Burkina Faso.

    Un kiosque de planification familiale au salon de la santé au Burkina Faso. © 2011 Centre pour les programmes de communication, avec la permission de Photoshare

    Quand j'étais en formation pour devenir sage-femme, une hôtesse de l'air, sans argent et dans un état critique, se présentait à la maternité de l'hôpital Yalgado Ouédraogo de Ouagadougou, après avoir eu recours à un avortement raté. Mes collègues et moi avons cotisé de l'argent afin de lui procurer ses médicaments essentiels, mais malheureusement elle a succombé à ses saignements (hémorragie)—malgré le fait que nous lui avons administré ses médicaments.

  • Advocating for Family Planning Policy

    Abou Maimouna Diallo

    IntraHealth International | Family Planning Youth Ambassador
    Abou Maimouna Diallo, jeune ambassadeur en Guinée

    "S'il y a un conseil que j'aimerais donner aux jeunes de mon pays, c'est qu'ils doivent être sexuellement responsables en acceptant de restés informés, de s'éduquer et de suivre les recommandations des pairs éducateurs." - Abou Maimouna Diallo

    Cette publication a été publiée à l'origine sur le blog d'IntraHealth, VITAL.

    Voici Abou, jeune ambassadeur en Guinée qui sait mieux que quiconque à quel point la contraception est importante, non seulement pour la planification familiale mais aussi pour planifier l'avenir.

    Quand j'allais au lycée, je sortais avec une fille. On s'aimait beaucoup et nous avons eu des rapports non protégés.

  • Advocating for Family Planning Policy

    Abou Maimouna Diallo

    IntraHealth International | Family Planning Youth Ambassador
    Abou Maimouna Diallo, a family planning youth ambassador from Guinea

    "The advice I would like to give young people in my country is that they must be sexually responsible by agreeing to keep informed, educate themselves, and follow their peer educators’ advice," writes Abou Maimouna Diallo. Photo courtesy of Abou Maimouna Diallo.

    This post originally appeared on IntraHealth's blog, VITAL.

    Meet Abou, a youth ambassador in Guinea who knows firsthand the power of contraception—not just for family planning, but for future planning.

    When I was in high school, I was going out with a girl. We loved each other a lot, and we had unprotected sex.

  • Advocating for Family Planning Policy

    Elizabeth Leahy Madsen

    PRB | Program Director, International Programs
    PACE Subnational Toolkit

    A collage of the reports included in PACE's Subnational Toolkit.

    Many governments are changing the way they fund family planning, moving more funding to the subnational level. These changes create new opportunities to gain support for family planning, if advocates tailor their efforts accordingly. At PRB, we have found that advocacy is most effective if messages are specific to local needs, using local data.

    “An issue affecting one region in a country may be non-existent or minimally felt in another. Hence it becomes important to target,” says Colette Ajwang’, a reproductive health policy, advocacy, and communication consultant with PRB who is based in Kenya. “For example, while one decision maker in one county in Kenya may want to address child marriage and teenage pregnancy, in another county, decision makers may be faced with school drop-out among boys or drug and substance abuse among young people.”

  • mHealth

    Lisa Mwaikambo

    CCP | Co-Manager, Global Health eLearning
    Lisa presenting at ICT4D

    Lisa discusses GHeL and K4Health's content adaptation guide during “Sharing, adapting, and delivering content in digital solutions.”

    With a wide array of conference tracks as well as presenters representing both the public and private sectors, the 9th Annual ICT4D Conference in Hyderabad, India was truly engaging and interactive!

  • Advocating for Family Planning Policy

    Zeynabou Bere

    Youth Leader

    This post was originally published by Pathfinder International.

    As a youth advocate, Zeynabou works to ensure other young women and girls in Burkina Faso do not have to endure the pain and hardships her sister Farida did.

    As a youth advocate, Zeynabou works to ensure other young women and girls in Burkina Faso do not have to endure the pain and hardships her sister Farida did.

    I counted more than 20 pregnancies—all unplanned.

    When I was in secondary school, I went from class to class and counted all the teenage girls who were pregnant. I wanted to hear about their experiences.

    I stood in front of these girls, listening to their stories. One after another, they said, "I did not know about contraception."