Preeclampsia Awareness Month Petition

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 13, 2011June 19, 2017By: James N. Martin, MD, President, ACOGClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Much of my professional life and many years of clinical research have focused upon the care of pregnant women with one of the “preeclampsias”. It is no surprise then that a major presidential initiative for ACOG this year has been a focus on this major cause of maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States. Early in 2011 a Hypertension in Pregnancy (HIP) Work Group was constituted from 16 carefully chosen experts, first meeting last July in Washington. Their task: review what is known about the preeclampsias and translate this information into guidance for best practice management for affected patients—give us order sets, practice guidelines and checklists to organize our thinking and standardize our practice.The HIP Work Group’s second meeting happened this past week and a third meeting is projected to occur in March—my hope is to see the process concluded in 2012 and the results disseminated to our membership and to the world’s OBGYNs.A new addition to the HIP Work Group is the executive director of the Preeclampsia Foundation, Eleni Tsigas, who is there to contribute data and advice from the patient’s perspective. One way to improve patient education and awareness of preeclampsia as an important pregnancy complication is to raise greater national awareness through every channel possible. ACOG and the Preeclampsia Foundation need to secure by the end of this month 2,500 signatures to an online petition in support of designating May as “Preeclampsia Awareness Month” on the National Health Observances Calendar. This national proclamation will help both organizations to further expand awareness, distribute educational information and enhance both patient and provider literacy about preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.If you are willing to help us, go to and take a few seconds to add your name to this worthwhile petition. Thank you for helping us make this happen.Share this:last_img read more

IHME Report Suggest “End of an Era” for Health Assistance, but MNCH Funding Continues to Grow

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 11, 2013March 21, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Last week, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) released, Financing for Global Health: The End of the Golden Era? its fourth annual report analyzing trends in Development Assistance for Health (DAH) from 1990 through 2009, with estimates through 2011.From the report:In this year’s report, IHME built on its past data collection and analysis efforts to monitor the resources made available through development assistance for health (DAH) and government health expenditure (GHE). It confirms what many in the global health community expected: After reaching a historic high in 2010, overall DAH declined slightly in 2011, with some organizations and governments spending more and others spending less.One of the areas where there has been an increase in spending is the overall area of maternal, newborn and child health, including family planning. In a chapter devoted to outlining investments by health area, the authors point out that while MNCH investments have not increased as dramatically as other areas, such as HIV/AIDS, increases have been steady, and, indeed, continued to grow since 2009, even as funding for other health issues has declined.The authors attribute this increase to some specific sources:The Every Woman Every Child initiative has received over $20 billion in commitments since its inception in 2010. In 2012, the London Summit on Family Planning also succeeded in mobilizing billions of dollars for MNCH. The debut of the spending associated with Every Woman Every Child and other maternal and child health initiatives is manifested in MNCH growth rates. In 2010, UNICEF spending on MNCH jumped 60.9% (the response to the earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan also contributed to this rise). MNCH DAH disbursements also grew significantly for the UK (38.8%). Other actors engaged in supporting MNCH also increased the DAH provided for the sector. A surge in funding for the WHO’s programs on MNCH (8.5%) as well as US bilateral (9.4%) and UNFPA support (2.3%) bolstered sector-wide growth.The report goes on to point out that the increased investments over the years have coincided with a decline in the proportion of the global burden of disease attributed to MNCH-related issues. In other words, these investments are paying off. This success makes the news that the European Union (EU) moved Friday to cut investments in global health and development overall particularly troubling. These cuts, which will affect the EU’s investments over the next seven years mark the first decrease in EU funding for international assistance in its history. While it is not quite clear what current investments will be affected most, some reports suggest that family planning programs are a likely target for cuts, a move that could hinder efforts to improve the health of women and children around the world.To read more, check out the full IHME report here, and NPR’s coverage of the report here.Share this:last_img read more