Mary Nell Wegner

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INTRODUCTION HIV makes a significant contribution to maternal mortality, and women living in sub-Saharan Africa are most affected. International commitments to eliminate preventable maternal mortality and reduce HIV-related deaths among pregnant and postpartum women by 50% will not be achieved without a better understanding of the links between HIV and poor(More)
AVSC's Men As Partners (MAP) program is halfway through its first year. MAP is a 3-year global initiative to help service providers, policymakers, and funders design programs which constructively involve men in family planning and reproductive health. Research is a very important component of the initiative. The first research activity, a review of the(More)
BACKGROUND In many countries, rates of facility-based childbirth have increased substantially in recent years. However, insufficient attention has been paid to the acceptability and quality of maternal health services provided at facilities and, consequently, maternal health outcomes have not improved as expected. Disrespect and abuse during childbirth is(More)
The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and the PLOS Medicine Editors are delighted to announce our continued collaboration to create a freely available, open access collection of outstanding research and commentary on maternal health, the MHTF–PLOS Collection on Maternal Health, with a call for papers on the theme of ‘‘maternal health is women’s health.’’(More)
The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at Harvard School of Public Health and PLOS Medicine are pleased to announce the third year of our Open Access collection of research and commentary on maternal health. The continuation of this collaboration reflects our shared commitment to increasing the evidence base for approaches to improving maternal health and to(More)
As part of its MAP (Men As Partners) Initiative, AVSC collaborated with local organizations to conduct case studies of male reproductive health (RH) services in Colombia, Pakistan, Uganda, and the US. Data were gathered from interviews with a cross-section of providers. The pioneering programs take differing approaches to the provision of services to men(More)
BACKGROUND The 1994 Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was a turning point in the field of sexual and reproductive health--repositioning population and development programs globally in the context of reproductive rights, gender equity, and women's empowerment. PROGRESS SINCE ICPD ICPD solidified the importance of women's health and safe(More)
With four years remaining before the world is held accountable to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and with numerous recent global pledges, it is imperative that energy and resources for maternal health remain focused to create the change needed, especially in the most vulnerable settings where maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity remain far(More)