maternal health

News in Brief 15 February 2018

  • Decline in Afghan civilian casualties but targeted killings increase: UNAMA
  • UN chief expresses “profound sadness” at mass shooting in Florida school
  • “Individualized, supportive care” is key to healthy childbirth: WHO
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New guidelines on global care standards during childbirth issued by UN health agency

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new guidelines on global care standards throughout labour and immediately after childbirth aimed at reducing the use of needless and potentially harmful routine clinical and medical interventions.

Breastfeeding protects babies and mothers “long-term”: WHO expert

Breastfeeding protects both babies and their mothers from an array of diseases and helps boost their health long-term.

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“Safe Birth” during emergencies campaign launched in Istanbul

The needless deaths of women and newborns during humanitarian crises are being highlighted by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) with the launch of a campaign called “Safe Birth Even Here

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UN Gender Focus: FGM, women's health and LGBTI gala

New guidelines to improve care for FGM survivors

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Galvanizing action for better health for women and children

Despite global progress in reducing maternal and child deaths, more than 300,000 women die each year giving birth while six million children do not live to see their fifth birthday, the United Nations reports.

The majority of these deaths are preventable.

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Health needs of women and children in conflict zones neglected

The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of development targets agreed by world leaders last September at the UN, will provide an opportunity to address the needs of women a

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UN Gender Focus: women empowerment and maternal health

Migration can “empower” women

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Midwives can prevent two-thirds of deaths among women and newborns – UN report

Midwives are the unsung heroes of maternal and newborn health, according to a new United Nations report released today that urges greater investment in these vital healthcare professionals, who can prevent about two-thirds of deaths among women and newborns.

UN experts urge El Salvador to reconsider abortion legislation, citing ruling against ill woman

A group of United Nations independent experts today called on the Government of El Salvador to reconsider its abortion legislation, following a ruling by the Supreme Court which denied the procedure to a seriously ill woman.