By: Christopher Lindahl
The relationship between maternal health and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is pretty well documented here. It seems pretty clear that controlling NTDs will have a positive impact on maternal health.
However, another way to think about the relationship between maternal health and NTDs is to look at the similarities between the two, as global health issues, and develop ways that advocates can learn from each other regarding how to best promote solutions.
Thesummary of facts about NTDs that reads similarly to what one might say about maternal health. Basically, substituting “maternal mortality” for “NTDs” (with some editing for context) leaves you with statements that are still true.
Back in September during United Nations week, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which was covered on End the Neglect. Following this meeting, a resolution was put forth by the World Health Organization (WHO) that would benefit both MDG 4 and 5 reduce child mortality, and improve maternal health, respectively. The Resolution includes a strategy to address the health of women and children, along with the establishment of a related Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health. The Resolution also requests that WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan to see that the Commission is effective in making progress.
Click here to read more about the Resolution.
by Tim Thomas
Several weeks ago, the Public Health Foundation of India. Nearly 700 experts in maternal health and allied fields came together to take stock of the progress to date in eradicating preventable maternal death and disability, and to share lessons learned and program planning.
Its been another whirlwind day here at the UN Week Digital Media Lounge.
The theme for today was definitely all about Women and Children.
This new Girl Effect video is the best way to start off this blog post:
I watched a live stream of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon from the UN Week Digital Media Lounge unveiling a $40 billion pledge from foundations, non-profits, governments and businesses that will go towards the MDG goals of improving the health of women and children.