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Global Maternal Health Conference 2010: Call for Submissions

Global Maternal Health Conference 2010

India Habitat Centre

New Delhi, India

August 30, 31, September 1

Updates: Global Maternal Health Conference 2010

Global Maternal Health Conference Website Launched

Check out our new Conference website!  All the news and information currently available about the Global Maternal Health Conference 2010 is now online.  This is where you’ll learn about registration, abstract submission, the conference program, and all the logistics you’ll need to attend the first ever global conference devoted exclusively to maternal health. Be sure to bookmark this site and visit it often – it will be continually updated as the conference nears.

Abstract Submission Now Open

Submit your abstract for a poster or a presentation at The Global Maternal Health Conference 2010 now!  The deadline is April 30th and all the details are available here.

A 20-person Conference steering committee has been hard at work identifying the themes and sub-themes that will by the focus of the 3-day conference.

The themes are:

Maternal Health Interventions and Programs
Underlying Factors Affecting Maternal Health
Measurement--Trends and Methods
Reproductive Health
Health Systems
Policy and Advocacy

More information about the themes and subthemes is available here.

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Mentors to boost breastfeeding

SAN, 23 October 2009 (IRIN) - Have you checked in with your breastfeeding support group? If you were a woman who gave birth in one of Mali’s 48 “baby-friendly hospitals”, you should have been assigned to one that checked up on you – often as soon as minutes after the delivery.

In San village, 380km north of the capital Bamako, dozens of mothers in 2005 formed the “Good Mothers” group – known in the local language as Denbanyuma –to tell new mothers about the all-milk rule; 660 mothers across the country are trained to do the same as part of a government child survival programme adopted in 2007, according to the Health Ministry.

“Before, women fed their newborns tea and water without knowing the consequences of this practice,” San mothers’ group leader Aïssa Tangara Traoré told IRIN. The UN has estimated that 300,000 babies could be saved every year in West Africa if they were fed only mother’s milk for the first six months rather than formula, tea, water or food as is generally the case.

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Filmmaker seeks single / lesbian mothers of color for interview

    PLEASE POST ON YOUR BLOGS, SITES, LISTS etc. Help us reach the folks we need.

    Many of you have already heard about our film, Baby Makes me. For you, this is an update. But for the folks who have not heard Tiona and I are making a documentary together.

    For years, I have wanted to become a mother. But the timing has never been quite right. Either my partners weren’t ready, or I was scared, or I couldn’t find a donor or something. There was always something. By the time I rolled into 35, I was tired of being afraid, tired of waiting for the right woman with whom it would be the right time, tired of watching every Christmas roll over another Birthday, tired of watching my peers get knocked up and months later appear with the most amazing little bundle of potential—I was tired of waiting and ready to make the leap, and I was ready to make it alone.

    I began the research with great heart—only to discover that there were little no resources for women who either wanted to, or had to embark on the journey of motherhood in the solo. There were one or two essays and a few books on artificial insemination, and some were even directed at lesbians—but most, if not all assumed that the mother would be operating from inside of a partnership, be that partnership heterosexual or homosexual.

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BURKINA FASO: Illegal clinic crackdown

OUAGADOUGOU, 28 August 2009 (IRIN) - The Burkina Faso government has shut down more than 20 health clinics that operated illegally in the capital Ouagadougou and is launching a nationwide campaign to eliminate any others, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country has more than 400 private health centres, half of which are based in the capital.

Prosper Djigmdé, the regional health director who oversees Ouagadougou medical facilities, told IRIN the government has sent a team to root out any clinics operating without licenses. “The quality of health care [in these clinics] is not guaranteed.”

Suzanne* told IRIN she barely survived a miscarriage after seeking care at a neighbourhood clinic that turned out to be illegal. “I was weak and could not go alone to the maternity ward or any hospital in town.” She lives in Prissy neighbourhood, 10km from the nation’s primary referral hospital located in Ouagadougou.

She said her brother took her to Yalgado Ouédraogo hospital after she nearly lost the use of her legs following what she said was a protracted illness. “At first I was getting better, but all of a sudden I started bleeding and losing consciousness.”

A doctor in the hospital’s maternity ward, Christian Darga, told IRIN some patients develop infections after receiving treatment in unlicensed clinics. “When patients arrive, we do not even ask them where they sought care because they will never tell where they have been before coming to the hospital.”

He said uterine cancers and pregnancy complications worsen while patients seek inappropriate care, often coming to the hospital only when it is too late.

“Most deaths happening here are patients who arrive terminally ill after they spend their money elsewhere,” Darga told IRIN.

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