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With the “Monitor My Pregnancy” checklist developed by CCP and others, a program in Cote d’Ivoire helps women attend all pre-natal checkups.
Akiya Akhter, married as a teen, was able to postpone having a baby until she was 20. Aproma Marma, after losing her first child to malnutrition when elders insisted that she eat and sleep less during pregnancy, now has a healthy two-year-old. Mahbuba Siddiqua changed
When rains kept women from pre-natal visits and delivering their babies at the health clinic, CCP worked with local authorities who gathered resources to build a bridge over the flooding.
CCP’s Ujjiban project provides counseling to pregnant Bangladeshi women and their family members on reproductive health and family planning.
“Before now, women didn’t come for” prenatal care, says Hauwa’u Ango, the treasurer of the Ward Development Committee in Yarbese. “But now they are, and not only in Yarbese but even from [far-flung] villages.”
The infant mortality rate in Baltimore’s Upton/Druid Heights has dropped by 75 percent to 3.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, well below Maryland’s overall rate (5.9 in 2019) and the United States rate (5.6 in 2019).
CCP’s Tina Suliman writes: “The maternal mortality crisis in the United States emphasizes the truth behind this declaration: It is racism, not race, that is killing America’s Black mothers and babies.”
Most studies of pre-term birth – the leading cause of infant mortality around the world – have focused on complications that occur in health facilities in the high-income countries. A unique new study conducted by CCP looks at risk factors that start long before delivery.
Four in 10 young children in Zambia are stunted, or too short for their age, primarily the result of malnutrition. CCP developed a portable growth monitoring chart for caregivers to monitor their children and take action, if necessary.
CCP’s Susan Krenn sits down with model and activist Christy Turlington Burns to discuss the barriers and opportunities she sees in her work with pregnant women and mothers in the U.S. and around the world.
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