Month: March 2012

A Stroke of Luck

Living Proof | Liya’s Diary from ONE Campaign on Vimeo. Liya Kebede is the World Health Organization’s Global Ambassador for Maternal Health. Let us help Liya spread the word about the maternal health challenges in our world today. As Dr. Catherine Hamlin  (who has worked in Ethiopia for the past 50 years), points out; there is one way of decreasing the risk of dying or becoming severely injured in childbirth: Educate midwives and make one midwife available in each village. They save lives. Women need access. Not only access to a midwife, but access to the information that a midwife saves life. And access to the life saving medicines that may be needed in emergency obstetric care. This is something that has been recognized at the international level. Yesterday, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, launched a new UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children.  Let’s make sure that women’s health becomes a top priority, and that resources are allocated to the organizations and individuals who make a direct difference and that we can …

A Maternal Health Hero: Dr. Catherine Hamlin

Dr. Catherine Hamlin and her husband, Dr. Reginald Hamlin, moved to Ethiopia in 1959, on a request by the Ethiopian government to set up a Midwifery Training Center. As they arrived in Ethiopia they met women suffering from obstetric fistula, however, this was something they had never seen before, although they both were gynecologists. These women were outcasts and nobody knew how to treat them. So the Hamlins decided to learn more about the techniques of treating fistula. In their first 3 years in Ethiopia, they had cured 300 “incurable” women. In 1974 the Hamlins had raised enough many to open the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, which they wanted to be not only a hospital, but a haven for women, where they would feel welcomed and be restored in all ways possible. Despite two revolutions and a civil war, over 15,000 women were cured at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital between 1975 and 1993. When her husband died in 1993, Catherine decided to continue the work the two of them had started together. Since then …

A Maternal Health Hero: Robin Lim

In line with the spirit of optimism and hope, and as this is the month we are highlighting Maternal Health, Girls’ Globe wants to share a story of a woman who has dedicated her life to saving mothers and children. Robin Lim, also known as Ibu Robin or Mother Robin started a maternal health clinic in Bali, Indonesia for poor women and children, in 1994. The mission of the center is “to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality and to support the health and wise development of communities. Toward this goal, we provide general health services, emergency care, prenatal, postpartum, birth services and breastfeeding support, in addition to education and environmental programs.  Yayasan Bumi Sehat is devoted to working in partnership with people to improve quality of life and to improve peace.” Robin Lim has recently been named the 2011 CNN Hero of the year. Watch her story here:   Read more about Robin Lim and her work here: http://www.bumisehatbali.org/ http://robinlimsupport.info/ Do you know another champion of maternal health? We would love to hear from you!

Top Tweets #1

We are happy for the encouragement given by Melinda Gates, and we hope to be able to continue to spread awareness of positive change and everyone’s possibility to make a difference for girls and women in our world! Thank you! @GirlsGlobe Thank you for spreading the word about the risks of pregnancy and childbirth & that we are all empowered to save lives. — Melinda Gates (@melindagates) March 16, 2012   This was our most influential tweet during the past week, reaching close to 5000 people! We were inspired by a response we got to this tweet. On the topic of maternal health we are happy to keep emphasizing that maternal deaths are almost always preventable. @GirlsGlobe The word 'preventable' is the key. Maternal and infant health is so simple and relatively cheap to guarantee. — Máire Davies (@Mairemd) March 15, 2012   We want to hear from you! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and join the online discussion! This month we are covering global maternal health issues. Be sure to share your thoughts, feelings, or stories …

Obstetric Fistula

What if you were pregnant without access to professional health care? What if you were assisted by a traditional healer at birth, or what if you were expected to deliver your baby on your own? What if you knew something was wrong, but nobody was able to help you or your undelivered baby? What if you were in labor for several days, or even a week, before being taken to hospital? This happens to over 100,000 women every year (this is a low estimate!). These women’s essential human rights are neglected and many of them end up with tragic life changing consequences. Many of these women lose their baby and end up with obstetric fistula. This is the story of Sifa, a Ugandan fistula survivor. This is one of many stories from EngenderHealth. Obstetric fistula is a hole between a woman’s birth passage and her internal organs, that develops during prolonged obstructed labor. This hole leads to permanent incontinence. The consequences of fistula are not only physical, but also psychological and social. Due to their smell …

Should surviving childbirth be a lottery?

Every 90 seconds a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth. This is almost 1,000 women every day. But did you know that most of the causes of death during pregnancy and childbirth are preventable, if there only was an equal access to skilled and emergency care? A death of a mother is tragic and dramatically impacts the rest of her family. Her children have a lower chance of surviving and her family will lack the nurture and resources provided through her. The health of a newborn child is typically linked to the health of the mother, and every year four million newborn babies die, also from causes that are often preventable. For every maternal death, 20 or more women experience serious complications and may become disabled for life. This affects a woman’s ability to reach her full potential in life and to be an active participant in society. It affects her physical and psychological well-being. She may become an outcast in society and sometimes even thrown out of her own house. What risk do you …

Mapping FGM/C

To follow-up on our February theme, female genital mutilation/cutting, Girls’ Globe would like to show some infographics that we came across. The below map by the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme against FGM/C shows the progress being made in eliminating female genital mutilation/cutting. The map shows the prevalence of FGM/C among women aged 15-49, with the highest rates (90-100 %) in Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. However, rates are dropping. In Egypt rates dropped over 6 % in 8 years. This isn’t a lot, but the numbers are a few years old. What seems hopeful is the change between generations. Young women, aged 15-19, in Egypt are less likely to be mutilated/cut than women aged 40-44. This does indicate that the trend is going in the right direction, but it also shows that we are far from done with fighting this life-threatening practice. Did you see Amnesty’s video on FGM/C? The video highlights the spread of FGM/C throughout the world. It is not only practiced in the countries showed on the above map. The graph above …

POHW!

Progress. Optimism. Hope. Worldwide. POHW! Girls’ Globe was created to share inspirational stories of girls and women. We focus on progress, optimism and hope. Because together we can change lives.  Since we started we have featured true stories of Indian girls fighting gendercide, journalists creating a NEW, GLOBAL INITIATIVE to combat violence against women, the strong forces of social norms and the strength of women as leaders. We have now been up and running for more than 3 months, and we would like to thank our close to 300 followers for inspiration and support. So spread the word to your friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Or if you haven’t already… Join our online initiative to make the empowerment of girls and women a priority. We want every girl and every woman to live with health, freedom and choice. And we want to hear from you. Follow us on Twitter, join our discussions on Facebook, and subscribe to our Newsletter. Check out our favorite videos in our VodPod app to the right of your screen. Be sure to leave a comment on our posts. We …