The Op-Ed page asked experts on women’s health to suggest simple measures to improve the wellbeing of mothers around the world.
1) A BIRTH PILL. An inexpensive medicine could save lives.
By Amy Grossman
2) A DOSE OF CARE. Counseling should be an important part of food aid programs.
By Helen Epstein
3) AN EDUCATION. Make going to school affordable.
By Esther Duflo
4) A SAFER LABOR. Provide clinics with the basics to preform Caesarean deliveries.
By L. Lewis Wall
5) A CUSTOM DRUG. Research to better medicate mothers-to-be.
By Ruth Faden, Anne Drapkin Lyerly and Maggie Little
For millions of girls around the world, motherhood comes too early. Those who bear children as adolescents suffer higher maternal mortality and morbidity rates, and their children are more likely to die in infancy. One reliable way to solve this problem is through education. The more affordable it is, the longer girls will stay in school and delay pregnancy.
I advise a nonprofit foundation called Innovation for Poverty Action that focuses on keeping girls in school. (We aren’t alone; lots of other terrific organizations do this, too.) In a pilot program we ran in Kenya a few years ago, around 5,000 sixth-grade girls in 163 primary schools were given a $6 school uniform free.… Seguir leyendo »