Maternal and Child Health in Bangladesh and Malawi

I just returned from an evaluation of a two-country, 3.5 year Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) project funded through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and carried out by World Renew in Bangladesh and Malawi. Maternal and neonatal/infant mortality in these countries, although improving, remain high, as does the number [...]

Review of the Final Data Evokes Strong Emotions

In the second workshop our job was to help the staff identify the most important activities of the project. These “gems” would focus our thinking on what could be generalized from this project to other maternal and newborn health projects. I used the acronym “ACES” to guide our thinking: Accomplishments, Challenges, Exports and Sustainability. Because [...]

MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health

The 5th Millennium Development Goal (MDG5) is to reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio and to achieve universal access to reproductive health. Approximately 358,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth each year and millions more experience severe adverse consequences and illness. While the world is making encouraging progress in reducing deaths due to [...]

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

The United Nation’s Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) came to a close about two weeks ago. With only five years remaining to achieve the eight anti-poverty goals, world leaders committed to a new global action plan based on lessons learned over the past ten years. One of the biggest commitments during the three-day [...]

Evidence of Success

We are nearing completion of the midterm evaluation for the CRWRC Child Survival Project (also known as the Parivartan Project, which means “transformation” in Hindi). Our train leaves Sahibganj station this evening for Kolkata from where we will fly to Delhi. Yesterday, thirty project field staff from throughout the District gathered to discuss evaluation recommendations [...]

Observations from the Field

We have returned from visits to 12 villages in 9 sub-districts (or blocks) in Sahibganj where we collected evaluation data. We spoke with government officials, nurse midwives, community health workers, village health committees, health providers, and trained traditional birth attendants to gain a fuller understanding of the midterm survey results as well as how to [...]

Actual departure from U.S.

Detroit Metro Airport, Detroit, MI, USA Why should we care about maternal health in Bangladesh? The answer is simple and universal: the economic and social consequences of maternal death and illness threaten to destroy the fabric of society. Economically, the direct costs related to maternal complications are extremely high and often catastrophic to households. In [...]