User fees is a major barrier to healthcare, including maternal and newborn care in Kenya.
Many of the preventable pregnancy-related deaths documented by the CDC are directly attributable to failures and barriers in the maternal care system.
Nigeria must prioritise investment in education, health and infrastructure to harness the opportunities of its huge population.
For every maternal death, there are about an additional 20 women who suffer serious injuries, infections and disabilities related to pregnancy.
Carrying a pregnancy to term is riskier than having an abortion, especially for non-Hispanic Black women.
Using data from the popular navigation app, researchers have pinpointed the areas of Lagos, Nigeria, where emergency obstetric care is most needed.
The average Nigerian woman or child faces a host of hindrances in accessing health services.
Malnutrition during the first 1000 days of life can cast a long shadow over a person’s life.
Studies in poor countries have highlighted disparities in respectful and responsive care during childbirth based on women’s socioeconomic status and other characteristics.
Unfortunately, disrespectful and neglectful treatment of women during childbirth, including verbal, physical and emotional abuse is not uncommon.
A Hungarian obstetrician was the first to nail down the importance of handwashing to stop the spread of infectious disease.
With the introduction of free maternal healthcare, Nigeria appears to have got more women using health facilities, but there are more hurdles to cross.
When governments have evidence, they are better placed to develop health policies and programmes.
Most women feel they are unable to ask health professionals questions. And only half were consistently asked if they had questions.
Research in Ghana, India and Kenya shows that more women experience subtle forms of undignified care than they do physical and verbal abuse during childbirth.
Home visits as part of community-based schemes to women during and after pregnancy can improve the health of mothers and babies.
Research shows that women in Africa are more likely to die as a result of complications related to C-sections.
The gaps in African government are twofold: governance and education. It is important to focus on both areas to bring about overall improvements.
If women don’t have access to quality emergency surgery, they can develop dibilitating complications such as fistula.
Laws in Mauritius allow minors to marry while some cultures on the island are tolerant of child marriage.