Maternal Health Publications

The Other Population Crisis: What Governments Can Do about Falling Birth Rates by Stephen Philip Kramer

The Other Population Crisis: What Governments Can Do about Falling Birth Rates

Oct 25, 2013
In many developed countries, population decline poses economic and social strains and may even threaten national security. Through case studies of Sweden, France, Italy, Japan, and Singapore, The Other Population Crisis explores national efforts to promote births and the significant government role in stopping declines in birth rates.  more

Delivering Success: Scaling Up Solutions for Maternal Health

Sep 24, 2013
The Woodrow Wilson Center’s 2012-2013 Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series brought together experts who work in maternal health, health systems strengthening, and the donor and policymaking communities to leverage participants’ collective knowledge and identify common strategies or priorities that might be adapted across settings to prevent pregnancy-related deaths and complications. Delivering Success: Scaling Up Solutions for Maternal Health captures, analyzes, and synthesizes the strategies and recommendations that emerged from this series. more

Conference Report: African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation

Sep 09, 2013
On May 1, 2013, the Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity (Leadership Project) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) sought to highlight some of the exciting developments by women and youth in Africa utilizing technology and social innovations to tackle every day issues. In collaboration with several other Wilson Center programs and the Kenyan-based African Technology Policy Studies Network, The Africa Program and Leadership Project hosted an international conference titled, “African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation.” more

Mothering, Medicine, and Infant Mortality in Russia: Some Comparisons (1990)

Jun 21, 2013
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #236, 1990. PDF 47 pages. more

Delivering Solutions to Improve Maternal Health and Increase Access to Family Planning

Jan 16, 2013
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 800 women die daily from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths occur in developing countries, with higher rates for women living in rural areas and among poorer communities. more

Seven Ways 7 Billion People Affect the Environment and Security

Jan 11, 2013
Today’s population of 7 billion people has a significant impact on the planet’s natural resources and on global security. Seven critical challenges—security, climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and future population growth—are affected by population dynamics in complex ways that demand holistic solutions. One effective and relatively inexpensive way to meet these challenges is to empower women by improving their access to education and health care, including family planning. more

Africa on the Move!: The Role of Political Will and Community in Improving Access to Family Planning in Africa

Jun 07, 2012
This paper presents a compelling study that examines factors which have propelled the change in attitudes of political leaders to champion family planning in Africa. more

Afghanistan, Against the Odds: A Demographic Surprise

May 11, 2012
A new survey finds that Afghanistan and Pakistan are on surprisingly similar demographic paths. Demographer Elizabeth Leahy Madsen says this is good news for Afghanistan, but not for Pakistan, where efforts to meet family planning needs have fallen short. more

Issue 16: Poor Health, Poor Women: How Reproductive Health Affects Poverty

Jul 07, 2011
In research conducted for the World Bank, Thomas Merrick and Margaret E. Greene found that poor reproductive health outcomes have negative effects on overall health, and, in some cases, on education and household well-being. more

Issue 11: Exploring the Links Between Conservation and Health

Jul 07, 2011
In this edited transcript, Jane Goodall focuses on two burgeoning problems rapidly depleting wildlife in Africa: the bushmeat trade and deforestation. Her institute combats deforestation by integrating community development, health care, and natural resource management. more

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.