Research Blog: Are Dutch maternity care services primitive?

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 3:11 pm

My name is Mohamed (Mahdi) Abdelwahab, a healthcare management specialist from Egypt. During my attendance of the Master of International Health in the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam, I grew interest in the health issues related especially to migrants ...

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The Economic Imperative of Protecting Women’s Health

Posted on May 16, 2018 at 11:08 am

Despite global improvements in health-care access, many governments in the Asia-Pacific region continue to overlook the importance of sexual and reproductive wellbeing. If the social and economic benefits of universal health coverage are to be realized, the needs of women ...

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Evaluating pre-pregnancy dietary diversity vs. dietary quality scores as predictors of gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 12:33 pm

Background Dietary diversity scores (DDS) are considered as metrics for monitoring the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, but they need to be rigorously evaluated. Objective To examine two DDS, the Food Groups Index (FGI), and the Minimum Dietary ...

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Factsheet: Indigenous Women’s Maternal Health and Maternal Mortality

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 12:10 pm

The evidence from the available data on indigenous women’s maternal health tells us that across the globe, indigenous women and adolescent girls experience significantly worse maternal health outcomes than majority populations.  Yet due to a lack of data, this alarming ...

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Bridging the gap between global policy and local practice of respectful maternity care

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 9:08 am

After a long time of insufficient attention, respectful maternity care (RMC) is finally a growing field of interest in global maternal health practices, discussions, and publications. Whilst practitioners, researchers and policy makers aim to adapt and implement these guidelines to ...

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Countdown to 2030: tracking progress towards universal coverage for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 2:27 pm

Building upon the successes of Countdown to 2015, Countdown to 2030 aims to support the monitoring and measurement of women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health in the 81 countries that account for 95% of maternal and 90% of all child deaths ...

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A Woman’s Voice for Women at the U.N. Agency for Reproductive Rights

Posted on December 18, 2017 at 8:51 am

When Dr. Natalia Kanem visited a mobile maternal clinic in Syria’s war-ravaged city of Homs this year, she was struck by one patient’s cause of anxiety. It was not pregnancy. “The first thing the woman wanted to know was, could ...

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Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 9:48 am

This edition of MTb takes us back to 1987, the year in which the Working Party on International Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health (WP) was established under its former name Dutch Consultancy for Maternal and Child Health. The focus has ...

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The Landmark report of the High Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 11:12 am

The landmark report of the High Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents was released on 22nd May 2017. The High Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children ...

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Simple treatment for severe bleeding could save lives of mothers around the world

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 1:37 pm

New evidence suggests low-cost drug should become frontline response for severe bleeding after childbirth. An inexpensive and widely available drug could save the lives of one in three mothers who would otherwise bleed to death after childbirth, according to a major ...

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