Five Sexual and Reproductive Health Services that Will Make Pregnancy Safer for All

  • October 6, 2016

Every year, more than half a million women die and untold numbers suffer temporary or long-term disabilities from preventable pregnancy-related causes. Five complications account for the majority of maternal deaths worldwide. Read more in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

Access to Abortion in Turkey: No Laughing Matter

Although it's legal, access to abortion in Turkey is extremely limited; a local group reports that only three out of the 37 public hospitals in the country are providing non-emergency terminations.

Maternal Mortality Declines Worldwide, But What’s Missing?

A new UN report finds the global maternal mortality ratio has fallen by 45 percent since 1990, with every region of the world experiencing a decline by at least 37 percent. But despite this good news, it's likely there are large numbers of maternal deaths that are either misclassified or underreported.

Bangladesh Reports 40% Drop in Maternal Mortality in Past Decade

From 1998 to 2003, we partnered with the Bangladesh government to overhaul the country’s population policy, shifting it from a narrow family-planning focus to a comprehensive reproductive health approach.

United Nations Population Award Speech by Adrienne Germain

  • June 8, 2012

United Nations Population Award Presentation Ceremony A Celebration of Courage Adrienne Germain United Nations, June 8, 2012 Madam Deputy Secretary General, Executive Director of the UNFPA, Chairman of the Committee for the United Nations Population Award, Professor Huang, representing the Federation of Reproductive Health Associations of Malaysia, Excellencies, Distinguished Guests…

New Study Reports Maternal Deaths Have Decreased Worldwide by One Third Since 1990

Statistics about maternal health have been receiving much media attention lately, and deservedly so; earlier this year, researchers reported a significant drop worldwide in the number of women dying each year from pregnancy and childbirth. Today,  the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund…

Dr. Grace Kodindo Awarded Millennium Development Goal Torch

Grace Kodindo, speaking at the Reproductive Health in Emergencies Conference 2008 in Kampala, Uganda. Photo by Sue O'Connor/RAISE Initiative Yesterday, Dr. Grace Kodindo, a guestblogger on Akimbo (see Facing Maternal Mortality During Conflict & Emergencies,) was awarded the prestigious Millennium Development Goal Torch by Danish Government in recognition of her efforts to secure comprehensive…

Facing Maternal Mortality During Conflict & Emergencies

Grace Kodindo, speaking at the Reproductive Health in Emergencies Conference 2008 in Kampala, Uganda. Photo by Sue O'Connor/RAISE Initiative This post originally appeared on the Action Agenda Blog of the Women’s Refugee Commission. In June 2008, while I was working in a province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that continues to be…