April 2014

Join the Global Movement: Declare April 11 International Day for Maternal Health and Rights

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A woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth every two minutes. Every. Two. Minutes. 

That means that by the time you have finished reading this blog, at least one young woman has died because she lacks access to the services she needs to stay healthy and care for her baby.

Pregnancy, childbirth, and HIV are the leading causes of death for girls and women of reproductive age (15 to 49 years). While maternal mortality is declining globally, it remains persistently high in sub-Saharan Africa. This is unacceptable.

There’s a pressing need for global action on maternal health and rights. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is part of the unified call to declare April 11 the inaugural “International Day for Maternal Health and Rights.” We must ensure that integrated maternal health, HIV, and family planning services are a priority in the post-2015 development framework. 

Help EGPAF, The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), and other great organizations mark the first International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. Join our #IntlMHDay Twitter Chat:

WHEN: Friday, April 11, 2014 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHERE: Twitter! Just follow @EGPAF and @genderhealth and use the #IntlMHDay hashtag.

Every woman has the right to a dignified pregnancy, a safe delivery, and access to the skilled care that will help ensure both happen. Take a stand and join the worldwide movement to ensure that every woman has access to integrated maternity care.

Now is the time to act. Join the call to action to advance the maternal health of moms globally!

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is proud to cosponsor The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)’s twitter chat together with Ibis Reproductive Health, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), Pathfinder International, Population Council, and Women Deliver.