This Mother’s Day, Let’s Commit To Saving 3.3 Million Moms

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - JANUARY 29:  Midwife Maima Johnson hands a newborn girl to mother Cecelia Mensah, 20, after delivering the child at the Star of the Sea Health Center on January 29, 2015 in the West Point township of Monrovia, Liberia. Midwives and health workers in the clinic have taken extra precautions throughout Liberia's Ebola epidemic to avoid becoming infected. The World Health Organization (WHO), announced that in the last week there were less than 100 new Ebola cases in West Africa, with a dramatic decrease in Liberia, where the numbers are in the single digits. The WHO said their focus has now shifted from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post and explores ways in which developing countries are making great strides, and planning to do even better, to improve mothers’ chances of surviving and thriving. It highlights the global increase in skilled birth attendants and how they can help prevent the occurrence of obstetric fistula.

 

By Eleanor Goldberg
Editor, Huffington Post Impact

Over the next 15 years, just by using existing tools and proven methods, the world could save 3.3 million moms from succumbing to pregnancy and childbirth complications, a new study published by the Lancet concluded.

Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the report found that by investing in family planning, safe deliveries, and expanding pre- and post-natal care, countries can close the maternal health gap between the rich and the poor.

Low-income countries will require some outside assistance to help achieve these health goals, but if economies in middle-income countries grow as expected, they should be able to rely on domestic sources to better protect mothers from preventable deaths.

“The key to progress was knowing what already works — and bringing those tools and techniques to more places, more reliably,” Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates wrote in a blog post for Quartz.

Continue reading this article on The Huffington Post.

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