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AMDD Celebrates the International Day of the Midwife

May 5 is the International Day of the Midwife. AMDD honors and celebrates midwives and non-physician clinicians (NPCs) with midwifery skills whose work saves the lives of women and newborns every day.

New AMDD EmONC Needs Assesment tool available on our site

AMDD has released Needs Assessment of Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care: Data Collection Modules, which is available for download.

AMDD works with national ministries of health and United Nations partners (UNFPA, UNICEF, and WHO) to carry out national Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care Needs Assessments that evaluate how well and to what extent the health system is providing emergency obstetric care (EmOC). Our newest Needs Assessment tool includes a series of data collection modules for health care facilities conducting assessments of their EmOC services.

Video of AMDD at Global Maternal Health Conference

On Wednesday, September 1, AMDD Director Lynn Freedman moderated the final conference plenary, entitled “Maternal health accountability: successes, failures, and new approaches.” View the session video here.

Click here for more videos of the conference sessions available from the Maternal Health Task Force.

AMDD at The Global Maternal Health Conference 2010 in New Delhi, August 30 to September 1

At the end of the month, AMDD staff will be in New Delhi participating in The Global Maternal Health Conference 2010 organized by the The Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth and The Public Health Foundation of India.

AMDD staff are moderating and presenting on topics ranging from human resources to the power of partnerships in advancing maternal and newborn health.

Watch A Larger Picture, a new short video by AMDD

Each year upwards of 300,000 women die needlessly during pregnancy and childbirth. Millions more are injured. How can we prevent this? A Larger Picture, a two-minute video by AMDD, breaks down how strong health systems help ensure that giving birth doesn’t mean risking life.

Learn more about AMDD’s work in health systems.

Watch the video by clicking 'Read More' below.

AMDD Director Discusses Saving Women’s Lives on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show

Lynn Freedman, director of AMDD, appeared on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about maternal mortality. She discussed the recent study on maternal mortality published in the April 2010 edition of the Lancet, barriers to life-saving maternal care, and the role of health systems in preventing maternal death. Dr. Grace Kodindo, medical and advocacy adviser for the RAISE Initiative, a sister program of AMDD at the Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Population & Family Health at Columbia University, was also a guest on the show.

Listen to the podcast here.

AMDD at Women Deliver

This week, women’s health advocates from around the world will gather at Women Deliver 2010, a global conference to be held in Washington, DC, USA from June 7-9.

AMDD will be involved in numerous events and sessions throughout the conference. Please stop by AMDD’s booth, 310, in the Exhibition Hall, where you can pick up the latest AMDD materials and view a new slideshow.