The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a chance to save millions of children with an inexpensive grassroots community effort In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country beleaguered by years of civil war, official corruption and mismanagement, and…

By Chelsea B. Polis, Carie M. Cox, Özge Tunçalp, Alexander C. McLain, and Marie E. Thoma Infertility in low-income countries is a neglected reproductive health issue, despite its staggering impact. It’s also under-measured, especially in low-income settings—but a new…

A Q&A with MSI’s Marjorie Newman-Williams One of US President Trump’s first moves in office was signing an Executive Order to bring back the Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule. The policy bars non-US organizations overseas from…

Afghanistan’s maternal mortality rates may be higher than previously thought, according to unpublished research from several sources.   Published figures had given the impression that maternal mortality rates had dropped to under 400 for every 100,000 live births—much lower…

The global response to the Zika virus tragically failed pregnant women in impoverished Latin American and Caribbean countries where the epidemic hit the hardest, according to assessments of several global health experts surveyed in a New York Times story.   “Female American…

As Pope Francis baptized 28 children in a ceremony in the Sistine Chapel last Sunday, he encouraged mothers to breastfeed their babies if they got fussy or hungry.   “You mothers, go ahead and breastfeed, without fear. Just like the Virgin Mary nursed Jesus,” said Pope…

The practice of giving prelacteal and early newborn ritual foods, common to populations across much of South Asia, parts of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, is not benign, and has serious implications for the immediate initiation of breastfeeding, concludes a…

A team in a Ghana hospital that focused on treating pregnant women with sickle cell disease reduced death rates by nearly 90%.   Women with sickle cell disease at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra were 12 times as likely to die in childbirth as women who didn’t have the…

In Zambia, most expectant mothers find themselves walking several miles to ill-equipped health care facilities to deliver their babies, a predicament that has led to a maternal mortality rate 10 times higher than the US.   The new initiative—Saving Mothers, Giving Life—aims…

Teenage pregnancy and motherhood, associated with higher morbidity and mortality for both the mother and child, remains a major health and social concern in Uganda. Less well documented is the stigma it carries in this East African country—but girls like Harriet* can attest…