It is women and children across developing countries who suffer most from the shocks and stresses to health systems. In South Sudan — a country ravaged by conflicts — limited infrastructure, lack of health information, and severe shortages of health personnel contribute to high levels of maternal and child mortality. Outbreaks of infectious disease and epidemics have similar consequences — the impact of Ebola on maternal and child health in West Africa is one example.
Five prominent female thinkers and doers recently demonstrated how changing language in family laws can alter the course of women’s lives. At an October 7, 2016 project launch, prominent advocates from the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) — a global partnership of 20 independent women’s rights organizations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South America — gathered to highlight the need for governments to reform family laws.
Innovative interventions to improve maternal and child health in Nigeria were the focus of a workshop in Abuja on September 21, 2016. Nigeria has the second highest absolute number of maternal deaths and perinatal deaths in the world, contributing to approximately 15% of all maternal deaths worldwide.