Ripple Effect

Friday, October 05, 2012

WWHI contributes to maternal healthcare photo exhibit in New York

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New York City — On September 27, nearly 200 visitors learned more about Women's World Health Initiative and the women it serves at international nonprofit PATH's "Ripple Effect" photo exhibit at the Scandinavia House in New York.

WWHI was honored to join partners from across the globe for an exhibit and reception following the United Nations General Assembly featuring 11 other organizations involved in maternal healthcare, including Jhpiego, EngenderHealth, JSI, USAID, White Ribbon Alliance and the United Nations Population Fund.

WWHI's photo of Awa, a woman we met in Senegal, was shown at the exhibit, and we were able to share stories about the ways our organization is making an impact. The photos at the exhibit tell the stories of the difference access to essential maternal health supplies—including medicines, contraceptives and simple equipment—can make in the lives of women, children and communities.

There were also moving remarks by Edna Adan Ismail, a nurse-midwife featured in the PBS special "Half the Sky," and Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the UNFPA. "Care for these women is important, but every time I look at maternal mortality in Africa, it speaks to the status of women," Dr. Osotimehin said. "As we create generations of healthcare workers, we must work to build the status of women. We do this by educating girls, giving them access to services, and giving them the freedom to choose when and who to marry, and when to have children."

In support of the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children, the event also highlighted PATH's new report "Safeguarding pregnant women with essential medicines" that resulted from feedback from many of its partners, outlining a global agenda for action to break down barriers in access to maternal health medicines and other supplies.

To see photos from the exhibit, go to PATH's Flickr stream. To learn more about WWHI's role in the event, send an email to info@wwhi.org.

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