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Category: women’s/maternal health

CDC Recognizes Women and Stroke for World Stroke Day

Blanche and Kelly

As a woman, I am particularly interested in this year’s World Stroke Day focus. I am a woman and stroke can affect me, my family members, my patients’ families and women around the world. Worldwide, there are 15 million strokes each year, 10 million of which will end in death or permanent disability. Women have Read More >

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Innovation and Commitment Needed to Turn Back the HIV Epidemic Among Girls 

A girl leans against a tree in the village of Usoma, Kenya.

Director of CDC’s Division of HIV & TB Shannon Hader on 2015 International Day of the Girl Every year, an astonishing 380,000 adolescent girls and young women are infected with HIV. That’s more than 1,000 every day. These numbers are worth noting any day, but it’s especially relevant today as we recognize International Day of Read More >

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CDC Innovations: Real-Time Data Strengthens Uganda’s Efforts to End Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

PMTCT infant

Identifying opportunities to improve global health sometimes requires creative thinking and new collaborations. In Uganda, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) exemplified this approach in developing a strategy to use the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Kampala – established with CDC’s assistance in 2013 – to help eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT). “The Read More >

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Implications of Latrines on Women’s and Girls’ Safety

Michelle Hynes and Michelle Dynes are epidemiologists in CDC’s Emergency Response and Recovery Branch.

Michelle Hynes and Michelle Dynes are epidemiologists in CDC’s Emergency Response and Recovery Branch. They took a moment out of their hectic schedules to talk about their work related to World Toilet Day. Dr. Hynes and Dr. Dynes have been involved in public health activities linking the safety of women and girls to the locations Read More >

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October 29 is World Stroke Day!


On October 29, 2014, for World Stroke Day, the World Stroke Organization will launch a new campaign around women and stroke. Every year 3.2 million women die of strokes globally, including more than 75,000 women in the United States, and thousands of other women are suffer long-term disabilities resulting from stroke.  The “I Am Woman” campaign Read More >

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Public Health Informatics in Action in Malawi: Making life easier for healthcare workers and patients while improving quality through an innovative national Electronic Medical Record System

Instituting an Electronic Medical Record System reduces the need to manage and store growing volumes of patient charts, a major challenge in resource-limited settings.

Keeping track of even one patient undergoing treatment for HIV/AIDS can be complicated enough. Doing it for over 472,865 patients when you’re a low income country coping with high demand and a sputtering economy magnifies the complexity. Which is why Malawi’s story – and its solution – is attracting attention and praise. It’s a story Read More >

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CDC Protects Families: My favorite stories


As we celebrate families on Mother’s Day, May 11, and the International Day of Families, May 15, I am especially proud to work in CDC’s Center for Global Health.  As one of the Center’s  health communication specialists, I have the privilege to write or edit many stories about how CDC’s programs impact the lives of Read More >

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Preventing Maternal Deaths in Africa

Healthy mothers and babies

Maternal health has improved in most regions of the world, with far fewer women dying during pregnancy and childbirth than 20 years ago. Progress in sub-Saharan Africa, however, has been much slower. HIV and complications of childbirth are the leading causes of death among reproductive age women around the world, but above all in this Read More >

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Increasing Community and Stakeholder Knowledge, Awareness, and Acceptability of Cervical Cancer in Kenya

This year, in recognition of World Cancer Day, CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) is raising awareness about the impact of cancer around the world and CDC’s efforts to reduce the global burden. DCPC’s global activities include cancer prevention and control projects in Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Trinidad and Tobago, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Read More >

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Reflections on the Fight Against HIV in Malawi

  This year, my staff and I have had the opportunity to spend considerable time in health facilities that our HIV-funded partners support throughout this beautiful country. Some of these facilities are on back-country roads; others are on forest-covered hills, while others sit on the shores of Lake Malawi. For CDC-Malawi, making these trips every Read More >

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