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The USA is seeing rising maternal mortality rates in recent years, it shows higher rates than most developed countries, in part due to the country's lack of attention to women's health. California is reversing this trend through their California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) which analyzes data and then uses it to make recommendations and 'tool kits' for hospitals to be prepared should an emergency arise in childbirth.


Julia Belluz

June 29, 2017

California, United States

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is working to implement maternal and newborn child health programs in East Africa. Though the project has incorporated a wide-range of initiatives, many of them have relied on a single underlying principle that has proven to be effective: the empowerment of local women.

Anglican Journal

André Forget

June 9, 2017

Masasi, Tanzania

Community Health Workers in Richmond County work to reduce barriers - including employment, education, smoking, food security or housing - that may contribute to the likelihood of infant mortality. Using the Community HUB Pathways Model to minimize significant sources of stress in a woman’s life, they are helping drive down infant mortality rates in Ohio, particularly for women and babies of color.

Richland Source

Brittany Schock

April 25, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

Japanese cities have created specialized taxi services for pregnant women to decrease the use of ambulances, and in South Korea pregnant women can carry a sensor that wirelessly lights up an alert on city transport vehicles, letting fellow passengers know of her presence and possible need for a seat.

Spring Wise


March 22, 2017

Tokyo, Japan

Eighty percent of women diagnosed with postpartum depression in the US never share their symptoms with a health care provider due to stigma or lack of awareness. The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project for Moms is a program aimed at identifying women with postpartum depression through a network of health care workers and getting them the professional support the need.


James Gessner

January 9, 2017

Massachusetts, United States

Polls suggest that teenagers’ attitudes and beliefs about sex come mainly from their parents, but parents rarely feel like experts talking about sex. “Talk, the New Sex Ed,” is a non-profit in Pittsburgh which works with parents in an after-school setting, giving them a conversational framework to talk about sex with their children.

Deseret News

Sara Israelsen-Hartley

January 5, 2017

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Uganda has one of the highest fertility rates in the world, the government has banned comprehensive sexuality education in schools and parents are uncomfortable talking about the taboo subject. So Chicken & Chips, a tv show about puppets, was created to educate the country’s young people about sexual and reproductive health.

News Deeply

Amy Fallon

December 8, 2016

Kampala, Uganda

When young people have their basic needs met and feel positive about their futures, they are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. The Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program has reduced pregnancy rates by 40% in New York by meeting teens educational, emotional, and employment needs.

Detroit Free Press

Ann Zaniewski

December 7, 2016

New York, New York, United States

Thanks to social impact bonds, the Nurse-Family Partnership in South Carolina pairs specially trained nurses with low-income pregnant women for regular home visits, giving the mothers coaching to break the poverty cycle. The state should realize a return on its investment long-term, with lower Medicaid costs, fewer preterm births, bigger gaps between childbirths and fewer emergency room visits.

Detroit Free Press

Kristen Jordan Shamus

November 30, 2016

Florence, South Carolina, United States

Friends of the Children is an organization in Portland that pairs kindergarteners from poor and chaotic families with mentors, who commit to being with them for 12 years. Through attention and consistency mentors are helping to keep these at risk children from dropping out of school, becoming a young parent or getting in trouble with the law.

Detroit Free Press

Matt Helms

November 23, 2016

Portland, Oregon, United States

In Brazil, more than 2,000 babies have been born with microcephaly, abnormally small heads and brain damage caused by the Zika virus. Colombia is the second hardest hit country by Zika but abortions lowered the microcephaly rate because of looser abortion laws and better informed mothers.

The New York Times

Julia Symmes Cobb, Donald G. McNeil Jr.

October 31, 2016


In South Carolina, a Medicaid program is offering long-acting contraceptives during a new mother’s hospital stay, while she is still eligible for the benefit. Other states are following suit.

The New York Times

Sabrina Tavernise

October 28, 2016

Columbia, South Carolina, United States

Uganda has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in Africa, but a unique mobile health clinic is helping to reduce the rates of conception. Marie Stopes’ tuk tuks brings health care, sexual education and contraceptives to women in slums.

News Deeply

William Davies

October 20, 2016

Kampala, Uganda

Richland County, OH has a 7.3 infant mortality rate per 1,000 infants born, which is over one point higher than the national rate. The rate is influenced by “socioeconomic issues” and a lack of pre-and post-natal care. Different programs and organizations in Richland County confront these factors by expanding access to prenatal healthcare and reaching out to minority communities for infant care.

Richland Source

Brittany Schock

September 27, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

Child mortality is a global problem that can be reduced by increasing breastfeeding rates; however, many mothers are either under too much cultural pressure, need to work, or cannot lactate enough milk. Brazil has devised an education program to help mothers breastfeed and has also created milk banks, through which mothers can donate excess milk to mothers who cannot produce. Additionally, Brazil offers paid maternity leave for mothers who have time to breastfeed and provide better health for their bodies as well as their new babies.

The Huffington Post

Eleanor Goldberg

August 2, 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Liberia has one of the highest maternal death rates in the world, with very few doctors and materials that can save the lives of mothers and babies. The charity Maternal Childhealth Advocacy International is training midwives to become surgeons and obstetricians. The piloted program is already noting progress as new lives are being saved.

Al Jazeera

Tlaleng Mofokeng

July 25, 2016

Gbanga, Liberia

Compared with other developed countries, the United States has a higher rate of teenage pregnancy. However, Colorado has collaborated with foundations, private donors, and has taken advantage of Obamacare’s coverage to offer free long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) for several years. The program providing LARCs has contributed to a drop in the teenage abortion rate, the teenage pregnancy rate, and fewer children born in poverty, all while being a cost-saving measure for taxpayers.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

July 19, 2016

Denver, Colorado, United States

Among the challenges for HIV-positive inmates are lack of food that meets their dietary needs and susceptibility to tuberculosis. The support groups, part of an HIV prevention and care program active in all the nation’s prisons, mitigate those challenges and create awareness about HIV prevention and care.

Global Press Journal

Lydia Matata

July 13, 2016

Nairobi, Kenya

A mobile health project in Ethiopia gives any health worker with a smartphone access to the information they need to deal with emergencies during childbirth. Now it's being scaled up to reach 10,000 health workers across Africa and Southeast Asia by 2017.

News Deeply

Liza Ramrayka

July 6, 2016


In Uruguay, illegality and stigma surrounding abortions resulted in problems with maternal mortality rates. Utilizing a unique solution, a medical protocol was created to provide initial information and followup care to women seeking abortions.

The New York Times

Patrick Adams

June 28, 2016


To incentivize safer sexual behavior, an HIV prevention initiative gave individuals in Lesotho the opportunity to participate in village-level lotteries with $50 and $100 monetary prizes if they tested negative for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) prior to each lottery. At the end of two years, there was a significant reduction in new cases in HIV.

Laura and John Arnold Foundation Evidence-Based Policy Team

Laura and John Arnold Foundation Evidence-Based Policy Team

May 1, 2016


For one village in Nepal, there's a silver lining to the earthquake: A year later, a new and better health clinic is rising from the rubble of the old. And it includes a birthing center.

Public Radio International

Sonia Narang

April 25, 2016


Through comprehensive sex education, widely available contraception and their Human Sexuality Education law, Oregon has managed to drastically reduce their teen pregnancy rates.

OR Magazine

Corinne Ellis

April 1, 2016

Eugene, Oregon, United States

Everyone knows how to stop the epidemic of teen pregnancies in Tanzania, where one out of every four babies is born to a woman under the age of 18. It is one thing that politicians, teachers, sisters, priests, imams, police officers and activists all agree on. And its success has been proven by plummeting teen pregnancy rates everywhere it has been implemented.

Global Sisters Report

Melanie Lidman

March 29, 2016

Morogoro, Tanzania

At the University of Virginia, the all-male peer education group One in Four works to create new standards surrounding sexual violence against women.


Chris Peak

March 24, 2016

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

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