Improve Maternal Health

MDG 1 - Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
MDG 2 - Achieve Universal Primary Education
MDG 3 - Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
MDG 4 - Reduce Child Mortality
MDG 5 - Improve Maternal Health
MDG 6 - Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases
MDG 7 - Ensure Environmental Sustainability
MDG 8 - Global Partnership for Development

Maternal mortality has declined by nearly half since 1990. While progress falls short of achieving MDG 5 by the 2015 deadline, all regions have made important gains. Globally, the ratio declined from 400 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 210 in 2010. Still, meeting the MDG target of reducing maternal mortality by three-quarters will require accelerated efforts and stronger political backing for women and children. Improving maternal health is also key to achieving MDG 4 of reducing child mortality. Source:

MDG 5 Events

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET – Why Men Matter to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health

Who: Girls Globe, Promundo, MenCare and Men Engage
Where: Google+ Hangout
Description: A Google Hangout discussion on the role of men in improving maternal and newborn health. Learn more

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET – Improve Maternal Health In Africa

MDG5: Improve Maternal Health
Who: Esther Agbarakwe, MamaYe Africa, Development Innovation, Save The Children, Digital Media Development Initiative, TSHIP Nigeria, Wellbeing Foundation Africa, ARFH
Where: Twitter
Description: A Twitter chat about the achievements in Africa towards meeting MDG5 and how technology, social media, and policy change can help continue progress. Learn more

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET – Ramping Up Momentum: Improving Maternal Health Around the Globe

MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health
Who: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Where: Twitter (@EGPAF)
Description: This Twitter chat will bring together global experts in all facets of maternal and global health. We will discuss how efficient and integrated health systems can improve maternal health as well as the overall health of women, children, families and communities. Join us using the hashtag #MDGMomentum and #MDG5.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET – Strengthening Systems to Save Mothers’ Lives

MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health
Who: Chemonics International

Where: Twitter (@Chemonics)
Description: How can countries take more ownership of their health systems to improve the quality of maternal health services? During this Twitter Q&A, hear from a panel of health experts around the world as they answer questions about the role of country ownership as we enter the post-2015 MDGs era.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET – The Power to Plan: Increasing Access to Family Planning

MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health
Who: Universal Access Project, Women Deliver, UNFPA, FP2020
Where: Twitter (@UnivAccessProj)
Description: Join the twitter chat, August 18, to learn about the work being done to increase family planning around the world. The discussion will focus on the challenges, successes, and progress around family planning while highlighting the importance of MDG 5 and access to family planning around the world. Join us using the hashtag #MDGMomentum.

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET – Mejorar La Salud Materna

MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health
Who: PAHO, United Nations Foundation
Where: Twitter (@FundacionONU, @opsoms)
Description: This Spanish-language Twitter chat with PAHO and the UN Foundation will focus on the progress of MDG 5 in Latin American countries. Follow and join the conversation using #MDGmomentum.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm ET – Real Solutions That Are Saving Mothers Lives

MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health
Who: Global Moms Challenge
Where: Google+ Hangout
Description: What technologies, innovations and healthcare solutions are driving progress on #MDG5? Join the Global Moms Challenge for a G+ Hangout on “Real Solutions That Are Saving Mothers Lives”. Our conversation will include representatives from Johnson & Johnson, MAMA, and Mothers2Mothers as we dive into what’s really working and what more we can do more to save mothers’ lives around the world.

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET – #YouthVoices for the MDGs and Beyond

MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health
Who: Johnson & Johnson
Where: Twitter Chat (@JNJGlobalHealth)
Description: A conversation facilitated by @JNJGlobalHealth on the role of #YouthVoices in the final 500 days of the MDGs, and the importance of #YouthVoices in the post-2015 agenda. Follow @JNJGlobalHealth and #YouthVoices to join the conversation!


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