17-year old Nyawal gave birth to her one-month-old son Kan Kuol at a primary health care facility funded by HPF. “I came to the clinic to deliver because of my past experience. I gave birth once before at home but the child died during delivery. This time I was lucky, it was a normal delivery but I felt safer with trained staff and they gave me medicine to prevent bleeding.” Credit: HPF/Liz Pick
To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March, we have asked our clients and partners to share their inspirational stories about women in aid and development. Even though we have first-hand knowledge of the fantastic work these organisations do, we have been bowled over by the positivity and impact of their projects. To read more, select Women from our news menu and be inspired!
Read how the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers, supported by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering, is becoming more gender inclusive, in this guest post for International Women’s Day.
Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE) was established in 1972 to promote the general advancement of science, technology and the practice of engineering and its applications, and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas on those subjects amongst the members of the Institution. Continue reading →
Read about the new generation of women humanitarians in Bangladesh, in this guest post by the Talent Development Project for International Women’s day.
Women and children are often disproportionately affected when a disaster strikes. Yet they are rarely consulted, let alone involved, in humanitarian response initiatives. The humanitarian sector workforce is traditionally male-dominated, and this is particularly the case in countries such as Bangladesh, where women are discouraged from humanitarian work by cultural norms and expectations and are vastly under-represented in humanitarian leadership positions. Continue reading →
Maria gave birth to her first child at a primary health care centre funded by HPF. “Many women in our community die in child birth. I didn’t want that to happen to me. I wanted to come here where there is a trained midwife.” Credit: HPF/Liz Pick
Find out about the lifesaving work of the South Sudan Health Pooled Fund in this guest post for International Women’s Day…
Worldwide, more than 300,000 pregnant women and girls die every year due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth. The scale of maternal mortality across the world reflects a situation of inequality and discrimination suffered by women throughout their lifetimes.
From 1990 to 2015, the global maternal mortality ratio declined by 44% – from 385 deaths to 216 deaths per 100,000 live births. Continue reading →