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New Data Shows Progress for Maternal Health

The maternal health community has been buzzing this week about a report on maternal health released by the Lancet and featured in the New York Times. The report uses new and improved maternal health data to evidence significant declines in maternal mortality worldwide between 1980 and 2008. Why is this so exciting? One word: progress!

Changing Systems, Redefining Healthcare

It’s safe to say that systems are changing thanks to the recent passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act in the United States. Meanwhile, Ashoka Fellow Rebecca Onie is changing the health care systems from within by redefining the criteria used to define health and ensuring that patients’ resource needs are regularly and systematically addressed as a fundamental component of their patient care.

Amanda Phillips is a Changemaker

Amanda Phillips was 14 weeks pregnant with her second child when she suffered a miscarriage while living and working in a small village in India. On a rainy night, Phillips had to be carried on a stretcher to the nearest health clinic, located three hours away, only to find that the doctor was asleep, the medical instruments were not sterilized, and no one took her vital signs.

Interview: Dr. Terrie Rose, Ashoka Fellow and Baby’s Space Founder

Dr. Terrie Rose is an inspirational leader and innovative social entrepreneur. After becoming a mother of three within three years, she instantly felt the hardships of being a parent. During this stressful time, Rose found time to volunteer as a consultant at a program that helped new mothers who had used drugs and alcohol during their pregnancy gain the parenting skills they needed to successfully raise a child. She witnessed many situations which were much worse than her own.