{Photo Credit: Atlantic Dialogues}The 2015 "Emerging Leaders" at Atlantic DialoguesPhoto Credit: Atlantic Dialogues

Adaeze Umolu landed at the Casablanca Airport in Morocco on the October 28, filled with anticipation. It was her first time in the country. As a technical advisor at MSH, Adaeze was one of 40 "emerging leaders" invited to participate in the 2015 Atlantic Dialogues, an annual gathering of 350 public- and private-sector leaders from around the Atlantic Basin. "It was an honor to have been selected," she said. "These few days were fulfilling and memorable."

{Photo credit: Philbert Rugumire}Photo credit: Philbert Rugumire

In just two years, staff at Ruhengeri referral hospital in the Northern Province of Rwanda reduced the rate of newborn deaths within their facility to 1.4 percent, one-third of their 2013 baseline. Neonatal mortality in this facility is now half the sub-Saharan African average of 2.8 percent in 2015 (WHO Global Health Observatory Data Repository).

 {Photo credit: MSH staff}In Cameroon, the modern contraceptive prevalence for all women remains low at 16.1 percent.Photo credit: MSH staff

Postpartum family planning (FP) is part of a scalable, comprehensive maternal, newborn and child health approach to reaching women with critical, life-saving information and services. Research demonstrates that more than 90 percent of women during their first year postpartum either want to delay the next pregnancy for at least two years or avoid future pregnancies all together. Preventing unintended pregnancies is an important strategy for reducing maternal mortality; by preventing pregnancies, exposure to obstetric risk is also reduced.


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