Posted on January 19, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)MHTF is looking forward to the discussion, Human Resources for Maternal Health: Midwives, TBAs, and Task-Shifting, to be held Wednesday, January 6, at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC from 3-5 pm.There, you will see Dr. Seble Frehywot, assistant research professor of health policy and global health at George Washington University, who will address the motivation and methods for task sharing. Dr. Jeffrey Smith, regional technical director for Asia at Jhpiego, who will discuss his field work experience developing workforce plans for midwives and traditional birth attendants, including in Afghanistan. Finally, Pape Gaye, president & CEO of IntraHealth, who will discuss the importance of retention and other long-term strategies in human resources for maternal health.The event is the second in the series, on Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health sponsored by MHTF, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative, and there is still time to RSVP! If you cannot attend in person, we hope you will be able to watch the webcast.To learn more about the series, RSVP, or to watch this event or the first event as a webcast, please visit the Woodrow Wilson Center website. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on June 20, 2011August 17, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) The June edition of the WHO Bulletin features an articles that explores inequality in hospital births in China and finds significant increases in access to facilities. With the exception of the poorest region of the country, nearly all mothers gave birth in facilities in 2008. In fact, the socioeconomic discrepancies were nearly non-existent between the highest income groups and the lowest income groups. Among the poorest quintile, approximately 15% of births occurred in facilities in 1988, but 20 years later, nearly 90% of births occurred in facilities. According to the UN maternal mortality ratio (MMR) estimates, China’s MMR decreased by two-thirds between 1990 and 2008 from 110 deaths per 100,000 live births to 38. Can lessons learned from China be applied in other contexts?YesNoVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comTake Our Poll ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Can lessons learned from China be applied in different contexts? Vote in the poll and share your thoughts in the comments below.Share this: Regarding these successes, the authors conclude:“The gap in institutional birth rates between urban and rural regions is narrowing, which suggests that China’s safe motherhood strategy, with its regional focus, is working…Our analysis suggests that inequalities between socioeconomic regions are more pronounced than between individual households. It did not show household income to be an important determinant of hospital delivery.” Given the uniqueness of China, with its huge population and landmass and booming economic growth, what works there may not be replicable in other countries, but it has seen some of the most progress on Millennium Development Goal 5. The UN data puts China ninth in terms of percentage reductions in maternal mortality between 1990 and 2008.