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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 14, 2012

South Africa's Healthcare Crisis in the Eastern Cape

Samantha Thornton

Nearly 20 years since the end of apartheid, discrimination in South Africa has a new form. Healthcare inequality has taken the place of forced segregation in rural and urban townships.

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.

Reporting from Nigeria

Use Uber, get a local phone number, and above all, don't schedule more than two sit-down interviews a day.

The Life Equation

What if there were an algorithm for saving the most lives?