The Global Maternal Health Conference in Arusha – Movement Momentum Manifesto

Authors: Mariam Claeson, France Donnay, Melanie Walker, Kate Teela, Becky Ferguson and Joel Segre Although the Maternal Health Task Force intended to create space for the Maternal Health community to get together to discuss challenges and solutions so that we can improve programs, the Global Maternal Health Conference 2013: Improving Quality of care in Arusha, Tanzania […]


Violence Against Women

Violence against women has existed throughout recorded history and continues to this day. According to the World Health Organization, “Violence against women and girls is a major health and human rights concern. Women can experience physical or mental abuse throughout their lifecycle, in infancy, childhood and/or adolescence, or during adulthood or older age.” (1) In […]


Health and Human Security

By expanding the scope of public health to embrace and propagate the principles of human security, Pakistan and the global community could create sustainable practices through which all people would be healthier and more secure. Human security is an evolving concept for organizing societal endeavors in the tradition of public health.  It places the welfare […]


Universal Health Coverage is in sync with the new geopolitical reality

Last week the UN General Assembly passed a resolution on Universal Health Coverage, apparently with broad support from the Global South and North. That is no coincidence. In my opinion, UHC’s unique selling proposition is its obvious appeal to middle-income countries, BRICs and other emerging powers. Countries like Indonesia, Brazil, China, India, South-Africa, Mexico, Thailand, … are […]


“End Fistula Challenge” Launched in Pakistan

Written by Lindsey Pollaczek, Senior Program Manager on January 3, 2013 / As the New Year begins, Direct Relief is excited to announce a new program that aims to significantly increase the availability of obstetric fistula treatment and to improve prevention efforts to reduce the occurrence of this devastating childbirth injury in Pakistan. Obstetric fistula […]


Access to Healthcare

A large segment of the under privileged in Pakistan have little or no access to basic healthcare. Unproductive lives not only push families below the poverty line (especially when hit by catastrophic diseases) but also become a burden on the economy of the country. As in the past it is unlikely that governments will have […]