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Why Are Politicians Ignoring This Maternal Health Act?

Maternal deaths are on the rise in the United States and it seems like no one gives a damn.<p>The statistics are startling. Out of 180 countries, the United States ranks 60th in maternal deaths. This means 59 countries are better at keeping new mothers alive than we are. 86,000 women in the U.S. …

Women's Health

These images show the naturalness of breastfeeding all over the world. So why is it still stigmatized? Let’s #CelebrateBreastfeeding.

ANYWHERE, ANYTIME — this is the “right” time for a woman to breastfeed her child or children. Many societies and cultures these days have taken …

Breast Feeding

Health Poverty Action

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Poverty

Improving Maternal and Child Health in Northern Nigeria

Every day, 2,300 children under 5 and 145 women of childbearing age die in Nigeria, making the country the second-largest contributor to the under-5 …

What’s in a Name? A Call for Increased Maternal and Newborn Health Integration

By: <i>Alice Irene Whittaker-Cumming, Executive Director, Mother Nature Partnership</i><p>The language that we use is important. The words that we choose to …

New Report on the World’s Most Urgent Children’s Crises

UNICEF is making a big push for Syria’s children in its annual appeal to respond to the world’s most critical emergencies. Nearly 40 percent of the …

Africa

Italian Authorities Launch Investigation After Five Pregnant Women Die In One Week

Five pregnant women in Italy died over the weeklong stretch between Christmas and New Year's Eve, shocking a nation regarded as having one of the …

Proud Women of Africa: the Beginning

<i>Co-authored by Nick Schönfeld.</i><p>In 2008, my world changed. After a decade working as a spark on commercials and feature films in the Netherlands I'd had enough. Like so many people my age (thirty-something), I found myself stuck in a job I no longer enjoyed. It made me miserable. So I decided I …

More doulas can help lower the cost of childbirth. There's just one problem.

A new report from Choices in Childbirth and Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women & Families, argues that increased …

Pregnancy
Painkillers

On Refugees, Don't Let Fear Overtake Reason

Remember the terror in America on September 11, 2001?<p>Remember when the planes hit the trade towers, and nobody knew exactly what was going on?<p>Remember when people jumped out of the buildings, because they were burning to death inside?<p>Remember catching your breath as the buildings collapsed one at a …

The Refugees & the New War

1.<p>Strategists will tell you that it is a mistake to fight the battle your enemies want you to fight. You should impose your strategy on them, not let …

Middle East

Our Enemy Is ISIS, Not Refugees Fleeing ISIS

Last Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to make it almost impossible for people from Syria and Iraq, fleeing the brutality of ISIS and Bashar al-Assad, to find refuge in the United States. It is worth reflecting on what this means for our country.<p>Just a few weeks ago, the world came …

World War II

UN condemns nationality profiling of refugees

Around a thousand migrants remain stuck at the main border crossing into Macedonia from Greece due to new restrictions denying them refugee status.<p>Protests raging from sewing their lips together to using body paints have been staged to get their message across.<p>They are angry that only nationals …

Joe Biden: Turning Away Refugees Is Giving ISIS What They Want

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday that turning away Syrian refugees was exactly what the self-described Islamic State wanted.<p>Biden pointed specifically to comments by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in which he said that the group wanted to destroy the "gray zone" of …

United States

Will this be a better year for migrants?

<i>This article is published in collaboration with Project Syndicate.</i><p>The Mediterranean migration crisis has delivered two critical lessons. First, …

Asylum Seekers

Designing Durable Housing for Refugees

Better housing for the world’s refugees is coming from a surprising source: IKEA. Yes, that IKEA—the flat-pack furniture kings of Sweden. The company …

Housing

We Broke Down Everything You Should Know About The Syrian Refugee Crisis -- And Why It Matters

<i>With additional reporting by Kristina Marusic</i><p>Your news feed may have been flooded this week with tragic pictures of a 3-year-old Syrian child, one of …

North Africa

Rescue at Sea

In a single day, a thousand desperate souls find safety aboard the San Giorgio, part of the Mare Nostrum search and rescue operation.<p>Without the …

Escaping War, Time and Again

Generation after generation, families in South Sudan face a recurring tragedy – fleeing conflict and returning home, only to flee again.<p>In what is …

“We are suffering in here”: Inside the hidden world of a Greek detention center

Fearing persecution, the detainees didn’t want to return to their home country. But detention had become unbearable<p>The detainees were all desperate to speak to us. They were all Afghan men under thirty, mostly from the Hazara ethnic group, though I saw a few older men with gray beards standing …

North Africa

EU deal with Turkey to stop migrants entering is 'not working', senior official admits

Frans Timmermans, the Commission's vice president, admits he is 'a long way from satisfied' with the plan to curb migrant numbers<p>The EU's €3 billion (£2.25 billion) deal with Turkey to halt the flow of migrants is not working, the EU official in charge of the pact has admitted.<p>Frans Timmermans, …

North Africa