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Mother, Baby, Provider: Completing the Triangle
May 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm$25 – $35
Every woman deserves to give birth safely and with dignity. Yet globally 216 women die for every 100,000 children who are born (2015 figure). The UN Sustainable Development Goal #3 (“Good Health & Well-Being”) seeks to reduce that figure by 68% by 2030. Although maternal mortality rates around the world declined by nearly half between 1990 and 2015, achieving the SDG target for this goal will require even greater improvements in skilled delivery care.
Creating a safe birth environment requires that multiple systems work together in harmony. A single missing element can lead to injury or even death for moms and their babies – whether it’s having transportation at the right time, safe blood to transfuse, or clean water available. Perhaps the most important element of a safe delivery is having skilled birth attendants, yet birth attendants (especially midwives and nurses) are often the most poorly paid of medical staff around the world, and also the most under-appreciated. Join Global Washington members for a panel discussion on how improving the skills, training and resources available to birth attendants improves the overall birth experience and lowers maternal mortality rates in developing countries.
Heidi Breeze-Harris, Executive Director, PRONTO International
Kathleen Davis, Board Member, Worldwide Fistula Fund
Susan Thompson, Director of Timor-Leste Programs, Health Alliance International
Moderated by: Kirsten Gagnaire, CEO, Kati Collective