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Global Health: Reproductive Health

Most maternal deaths, due to complications during and following pregnancy and childbirth, are preventable, and great strides have been made in improving maternal health and reducing the number of deaths. Between 1990 and 2013, maternal mortality dropped by 45 percent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Yet, every day approximately 800 women still die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In 2013, the number of maternal deaths worldwide was 289,000 women.

Maternal health impacts families, communities and societies with far-reaching effects, especially in developing countries, where 99 percent of all maternal deaths occur. The risk of maternal mortality is highest for girls under 15, many of whom have no access to contraception.

Our Pulitzer Center grantees have reported from many countries, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Guinea Bissau, India, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia and Nigeria. They are covering a wide range of issues—teenage pregnancy, child marriage, illegal abortion, religious beliefs and attitudes towards family planning, and poor infrastructure. Their stories highlight the severity of the reproductive health crisis as well as some of the many efforts made to give more women access to better and safer healthcare.

Global Health: Reproductive Health

December 07, 2011

The Promise of Life: Reproductive Choice in Africa

Jina Moore, Jake Naughton, Alexis Okeowo, Nathalie Applewhite, Mae Azango, Estelle Ellis, Ken Opala, Sam Olukoya

This reporting initiative partners African and US journalists to explore critical challenges in reproductive health and family planning—and what they mean for life, death and socio-economic stability.

August 29, 2011

Brazil: Girl Power

Fred de Sam Lazaro

In Brazil, increased access to education, information and contraception have combined to lower the birth rate by two thirds over the last five decades.

July 29, 2011

Nepal: Married Before They’re Ready

Hanna Ingber, Anna Tomasulo

In Nepal, child marriage affects every aspect of a girl’s life, from her education prospects to her physical and mental health to her chances for escaping poverty.

December 27, 2010

Belize: Improving the Odds for the Nation's Mothers

Samantha Danis

One woman dies every 90 seconds from pregnancy-related complications somewhere in the world. The Belize Ministry of Health is improving access, coverage, and quality of maternal health care in hopes of someday no longer being one of those places.

May 12, 2010

Nigeria - The Edge of Joy

Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, Edge of Joy Production Team

As Nigeria works to “re-brand” itself from a post-colonial military state to a progressive African democracy, political, civic and professional leaders have recognized the most intractable problem for this emerging society is also its most treatable: maternal and infant mortality.

April 22, 2010

India Casts a Light on Mothers Long in the Dark

Hanna Ingber

In India the incidence of women dying while giving birth is among the highest in the world. How poverty, early marriage and poor infrastructure make childbirth fraught with risk.

The Kids Are Having Sex and They Are Not OK

Studies show that more young people than ever before are sexually active, but without proper sexual reproductive health information and access to contraception, they are left in the dark.

On the Ground in Western Kenya

In rural western Kenya, access to safe abortions is next to impossible. As a result, women are left to seek out untrained abortion providers, or beg a skilled clinician to perform one clandestinely.

What HIV/AIDS Statistics Tell Us

Dr. Genesis Samonte of the Philippine Department of Health explains the HIV stats to better understand the story behind the numbers.