Infanticide is the second most common reason women in Senegal are behind bars. While in China and India killing newborns is a mode of gender selection favoring boys, in Senegal the practice is more closely linked to shame, stirring complex trauma and justifications, writes…

Hundreds of women in Malawi die each year due to the government’s strict anti-abortion law. The country has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, but a new bill set for parliamentary debate is looking to upend the 157-year-old law, which permits abortion…

In 1975, the WHO lauded the lifesaving importance of blood transfusion services. But issues of safety, supply, access and use protocols still plague BTS in sub-Saharan Africa where anemic children and maternal emergencies comprise most BTS needs, writes Imperial College…

A proposal to arrest midwives who fail to report underage mothers seeking antenatal care at health facilities to police would backfire, Uganda’s health minister Ruth Aceng warned.   The country’s youth minister suggested last week that the approach could help to track and…

Pregnant and lactating women should be included in DRC Ebola vaccine strategies, argue members of the Pregnancy Research Ethics for Vaccines, Epidemics and New Technologies (PREVENT) working group.

Timely transportation can mean life or death for pregnant women facing complications but in conflict zones, rides to care aren’t guaranteed. Even in refugee camp settings, where women are more closely monitored, emergency vehicles may be scarce or targets for violence.  

Women with high concentrations of DDT in their blood during pregnancy are 32% more likely to give birth to a child that develops autism, according to a study of almost a million women.

Our work is based on science and trust, on our ability to communicate reliable information—and on having people believe that information is real. We help Tanzanians change their behaviors to protect themselves from malaria by laying out the advantages of sleeping under…

Argentina’s Senate votes today on legalizing abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy, with ramifications for women’s rights across the region.   Across Latin America and the Caribbean, only Cuba and Uruguay allow abortion; Argentina and Brazil allow abortion only in cases of…

The US is failing its mothers.   While most US women safely give birth, 50,000+ are severely injured and 700 die each year. Although maternal deaths per 100,000 births have been flat or have fallen in most developed nations, they have increased sharply in the US.