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Across the United States and around the world, momentum is building for improving maternal health. Next week is the landmark Women Deliver conference on maternal and reproductive health in Washington, D.C. There’s increasing U.S. legislation on the issue, and the World Bank recently joined in this effort when it announced last month its new five-year plan to reduce maternal mortality and fertility rates in poor countries. Learn more about this and other exciting developments below.

In this issue of Connect, read about:

  • EngenderHealth at Women Deliver 2010
  • CHAMPION’s “Break the Silence” campaign in Tanzania
  • An update on U.S. maternal and reproductive health policies

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Global Perspectives

EngenderHealth at Women Deliver

EngenderHealth will be well represented at Women Deliver 2010, a global conference on maternal and reproductive health, taking place in Washington, D.C., on June 7–9. The conference’s 3,000 expected participants, including heads of state, health ministers, and maternal health advocates, will call on donors, governments, and international organizations to increase their funding in this important field.  

EngenderHealth at the Global Health Council Conference
Members of the EngenderHealth team will also be taking part in the Global Health Council Conference 2010, on June 14–18, in Washington, D.C. Come visit us at Booth #403 and read more to learn about the panels where our experts will be presenting.

World Bank Loans for Maternal Health 
In May, the World Bank announced an action plan to help achieve Millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG5), which calls for reducing maternal mortality by 75% and increasing access to universal reproductive health care by 2015. With so many countries still far from achieving MDG5, the plan is designed to improve maternal health in 58 poor countries around the world.

“Break the Silence” in Tanzania
EngenderHealth’s CHAMPION Project in Tanzania recently kicked-off a “Break the Silence” campaign. Aimed at helping achieve CHAMPION’s goal of increasing men’s involvement in preventing the spread of HIV, the “Break the Silence” media campaign is designed to provoke and promote a national dialogue about gender roles. Read more.

Increased Intrauterine Device (IUD) Access in Azerbaijan
The Ministry of Health in Azerbaijan recently approved EngenderHealth’s ACQUIRE Reproductive Health and Family Planning Project to train midwives in IUD insertion and removal. This approval signals a positive shift toward expanded access to the IUD for Azerbaijani women and couples interested in this long-acting form of contraception. The ACQUIRE team is in the process of selecting a group of 20 midwives for the first set of trainings.

The 50th Anniversary of the Pill
Read RESPOND Project Director Lynn Bakamjian's reflection on the 50th anniversary of the pill.


News and Views

Antiprostitution Loyalty Oath Continues
Last month, new federal regulations went into effect that continue a Bush-era policy of stigmatizing prostitution and sex workers. With these regulations, the Barack Obama Administration is requiring public health groups that receive U.S. funds for HIV prevention to pledge their opposition to prostitution. This “antiprostitution loyalty oath” hinders the efforts of organizations working to stop the spread of HIV. Sex workers are at high risk of contracting and spreading HIV, and working with them is crucial to preventing an epidemic.

Global MOMS Act
Just after Mother’s Day, Rep. Lois Capps (D.-Calif.) introduced an important new bill in the House of Representatives that would improve access to lifesaving care for women and infants around the world. The Improvements in Global Maternal and Newborn Health Outcomes While Maximizing Successes Act, also known as the Global MOMS Act, would expand access to health services and reduce maternal mortality. Learn more.


Every Minute Counts
To learn more about MDG5 and the movement to improve maternal health, check out our video
Every Minute Counts.”

EngenderHealth at Kaiser Family Foundation Forum
EngenderHealth’s President, Dr. Ana Langer, participated in the Kaiser Family Foundation forum “World Progress in Maternal and Child Health and the Future Role for the U.S.” on May 24 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Langer was part of a panel discussion on the policy implications of the momentum around improving maternal and child mortality and how the United States and other countries can work together effectively toward their shared goal of achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Click here to watch the talk.

EngenderHealth in Uganda
Dr. Roy Jacobstein, EngenderHealth’s Medical Director, spoke about the RESPOND Project’s role in increasing access to contraception at the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition’s Eleventh Meeting, in Kampala, Uganda, in late May. Coalition members and guests from around the world gathered at the event to exchange ideas, build relationships, and learn of new developments in the reproductive health commodity security field.


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New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof mentioned EngenderHealth as an organization working to make motherhood safer on his blog, “On the Ground.”

Dr. Ann Blanc, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth, posted an inaugural entry at the MHTF’s new blog at Medscape.com, GlobalMama. (Free registration required.)

The Global Health Council blog featured an article by EngenderHealth Medical Director Dr. Roy Jacobstein on the role that long-acting and permanent methods of birth control can play in helping achieve MDG5.

Dr. Roy Jacobstein, who is also an accomplished poet, was interviewed about his poetry on WUNC, a National Public Radio affiliate in North Carolina.

The RH Reality Check blog featured a reflection on family planning and the 50th anniversary of the Pill by EngenderHealth Board Member Francine Coeytaux.

The Daily News, a leading Tanzanian newspaper, covered a seminar EngenderHealth organized about our CHAMPION Project.



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The RESPOND Project, together with its partners, published The Implants Toolkit, a comprehensive, informational online resource on hormonal implants. The toolkit is designed to provide professionals around the world with state-of-the-art information, reviewed by expert panels, on this highly safe and increasingly popular contraceptive method.

The RESPOND Project also published its Country Profiles Collection, which features detailed information on 17 countries throughout Africa and Asia. Using the most recent Demographic and Health Survey data, the country profiles provide a snapshot of each country's demographic status, key indicators, and current trends in relation to meeting MDG5.



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