Women Deliver Conference | 28-30 May 2013
The Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) has a busy schedule at the upcoming Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur. In addition to pre-conference activities courses and technical exchanges, we will be chairing and participating on panels in numerous sessions and symposia. We will also be present full time at our booth in the exhibition hall where we look forward to meeting you.
Need to go beyond “essential interventions” for reducing maternal mortality
A large WHO multicountry survey examined data from more than 300 000 women attending 357 health care facilities in 29 countries. This study found a poor correlation between coverage of ‘essential interventions’ (e.g. uterotonics for preventing postpartum haemorrhage; magnesium sulfate for eclampsia) and maternal mortality in health facilities. This study suggests that to achieve a substantial reduction in maternal mortality, a comprehensive approach to emergency care, and overall improvements in the quality of maternal health care will be needed.
Moving beyond essential interventions for reduction of maternal mortality
- More on the WHO multicountry survey on maternal and newborn health
What works and what does not: approaches for the abandonment of female genital mutilation
The prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is reducing in many countries where it is practiced but the degree of change varies between countries and communities. Various interventions have been tried but the reduction in prevalence remains slow. This raises questions about their efficacy and the need to channel the limited resources where they can make the most difference. This paper is intended to contribute to the design of more effective interventions by assessing existing knowledge of what works and what does not.
Review shows women with female genital mutilation more likely to suffer obstetric complications
A systematic review of the obstetric sequelae of FGM shows the practice has serious harmful consequences. The review, commissioned by WHO and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, suggests that women who have undergone female genital mutilation are more likely than women who have not, to experience complications such as prolonged labour, perineal tears/lacerations, instrumental delivery, obstetric hemorrhage, and obstructed labour.
What works and what does not: a discussion of popular approaches for the abandonment of female genital mutilation
Effective health interventions for adolescents that could be integrated with human papillomavirus vaccination programs
WHO guidelines on preventing early pregnancy and poor reproductive outcomes among adolescents in developing countries