Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescent's: Health in Latin America and the Caribbean

World leaders and the international community gathered at the U.N. to adopt the next set of global goals to end poverty and ensure a world of extreme possibilities.​On Saturday, October 26, building on the progress made and lessons learned, the U.N. Secretary-General launched an updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, a roadmap for ending all preventable deaths of women, children, and adolescents by 2030.


Report Shows Widespread Mistreatment by Health Workers During Childbirth

They are slapped and pinched during labor, yelled at, denied pain medicine, neglected and forced to share beds with other women who just gave birth. And that is just a partial list of the abuses and humiliations inflicted on women around the world as their babies are born.

A new report based on information from 34 countries, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, finds that “many women globally experience poor treatment during childbirth, including abusive, neglectful or disrespectful care.”

This kind of mistreatment can drive women away from hospitals and undermine international goals of reducing deaths during childbirth — now about 300,000 a year. Most maternal deaths are preventable: They are caused by problems that can be treated, like bleeding, infection and high blood pressure. Often, to save the woman’s life, the care must be quick and expert.

Read more here:


State of inequality: Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health

The health of the world's population is in a state of inequality. That is to say, there are vastly different stories to tell about a person's health depending on where they live, their level of education, and whether they are rich or poor, etc. Monitoring the state of inequality in health takes into account the current experiences of population subgroups, as well as the trends of how health experiences in these subgroups have changed over time. This 2015 report demonstrates best practices in reporting the results of health inequality monitoring, and introduces innovative ways for audiences to explore inequality data.  Interactive data visualization components - including story-points, equity country profiles, maps and reference tables - accompany the key messages and findings of this report, allowing users to customize data displays and engage in benchmarking according to their interests. A series of feature stories indicated that inequalities in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health persist, despite having narrowed over the past decade. There is still much progress to be made in reducing inequalities in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health through equity-oriented policies, programmes and practices. Though the report draws on data about reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in low- and middle-income countries, the approach and underlying concepts can be widely applied to any health topic.


Interactive visuals:


Fifth Research Meeting on Unwanted Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion: Public Health Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Mexico office of the Population Council is pleased to announce that the Fifth Research Meeting on Unwanted Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion: Public Health Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean will take place in Mexico City on September 28-30, 2015. Download here the MEETING NOTICE, and the CALL FOR ABSTRACS and PERFORMED PANELS

The objectives for the meeting are to:

a) share results from recent research and cumulative experience in the field and the region;

b) strengthen the network of researchers, service providers and individuals working with women’s groups on issues related to unwanted pregnancy and abortion; and

c) reinforce strategies to foster dissemination of research results.

The three-day meeting will include keynote speakers and presentations from experts. Researchers mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean will share research advancements through oral, poster and panel presentations concerning:


  1. Topics to dispel common myths and misconceptions about abortion
  2. Abortion access after non-consensual sex
  3. Abortion and men as partners
  4. Abortion and task sharing (e.g. nurses and/or midwives)
  5. Abortion and vulnerable populations
  6. Abortion and the new churches (e.g. Brazil, Guatemala and Nicaragua)
  7. Abortion in North America and Europe: similarities and differences
  8. Abortion in the context of teen pregnancy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)
  9. Abortion restrictions and mortality/morbidity
  10. Abortion stigma and discrimination
  11. Barriers to safe abortion after legal reform
  12. Case studies on abortion access and provision from LAC (e.g. Colombia, Chile Cuba, Dominican Republic and Guyana)
  13.  Comprehensive access to family planning and/or abortion services
  14. Cost and financing of abortion care in diverse contexts
  15.  Experiences from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and countries in sub-Saharan Africa
  16. Experiences of health professionals when providing services to prevent unwanted pregnancy and safe/legal abortion
  17.  Family planning and abortion among adolescents
  18. Impact of restrictive legislations, including consequences of unsafe/illegal abortion
  19. Methodological issues in measuring abortion prevalence and/or complications in LAC
  20. Post-abortion care
  21.  Public opinion on abortion and opportunities for legal reform
  22. Quality of abortion care
  23.  Referral networks for abortion: how they operate in diverse contexts
  24. Reporting on abortion where abortion is restricted (most of Latin America)
  25. Role of media and public discourse on acceptability of abortion care
  26. Sexual and reproductive health policies and programs
  27. Technological advances on abortion, including experiences with medical abortion

The enclosed form should be used to submit by May 1, 2015, in a maximum of 250 words, abstracts for oral or poster presentations. Submissions will be evaluated by review teams and authors will be informed of the result regarding their submission by June 1, 2015.

The review team will also determine which of the submitted abstracts will be accepted either as oral or poster presentations. Priority will be given to research projects that consider topics to dispel common myths and misconceptions about abortion.

Please feel free to forward this notice to any interested colleagues.

Meeting Secretariat:
Valeria Araico,
Guillermina Herrera, and
Marlene Plascencia.
Population Council - Mexico
Tel. (+52 55) 5999 8630
E-mail: /cc: info.popcouncilmexico


Rotation of the Secretariat and the Executive Board of the GTR

We are pleased to announce that GTR members have elected new representatives. At the last annual planning meeting GTR (Panama, 6 and 7 November, 2014), the GTR elected the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as its new Technical Secretariat, replacing Family Care International (FCI). UNFPA assumed this role as of January 2015 for a period of two years. In addition, the Executive Committee for 2015-2016 will now be comprised by: the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF), the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and FCI.

The year 2015 will be a key year for the interagency group with ample opportunities for advocacy in the context of the post-2015 development context. Priority activities for this year include ensuring the presence of GTR in the global meeting on maternal and neonatal health (Mexico, October 2015), approval and launch of the Interagency Strategic Consensus for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality, finalization of the maternal mortality surveillance and response guidelines and of the maternal and neonatal mortality surveillance survey, and the organization of a meeting on Respectful Maternity Care. The issue of integration in addressing maternal, neonatal and child health will be a strategic priority for the group.



Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference

Call for Abstracts
Present your research at the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference

The Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference organizers are pleased to announce that the abstract submission period is now open. Abstracts may be submitted for five different types of presentations:

  •     Oral presentation
  •     Poster presentation
  •     Pre-formed panel
  •     Skills demonstration
  •     Marketplace of ideas

 Submitted abstracts will be grouped into one of the six conference tracks:

  •     Innovating to accelerate impact at scale
  •     Bridging equity divides
  •     Generating new evidence to fill critical knowledge gaps
  •     Measuring for evaluation and accountability
  •     Strengthening demand for health care
  •     Increasing health systems’ capacity to respond to population needs


Detailed information on how to prepare your abstract is available on the conference website. The submission period will close at midnight EST on April 24, 2015. All abstracts must be received through the online form. Abstracts should be submitted in English if possible, although abstracts in Spanish and French will be accepted.


Primera disculpa pública por muerte materna en México


Primera disculpa pública por muerte materna en México


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Estimados amigos,

Como recordarán, hemos acompañado a la familia de Susana, mujer tzotzil que perdió la vida dando a luz en octubre de 2013, para que el gobierno del estado de Chiapas se responsabilice por su pérdida y haga lo necesario para que este tipo de muertes no sigan ocurriendo. El reconocimiento de la negligencia y de que Susana murió por causas prevenibles forma parte de las medidas de reparación exigidas por las víctimas. Hoy, con enorme júbilo, puedo anunciarles que el pasado 19 de noviembre el Secretario de Salud de Chiapas, Carlos Eugenio Ruiz ofreció la primera disculpa pública por muerte materna ¡en México! Esto significa que el esfuerzo que las abogadas de GIRE han realizado está rindiendo frutos, que nos hemos hecho notar y que el gobierno chiapaneco no puede seguir ignorando los problemas que aquejan a las mujeres.
Al aceptar la disculpa del Estado, Romeo Pérez, esposo de Susana, dijo que “con este acto, el gobierno de Chiapas reconoce que la muerte de Susana se pudo haber evitado”, lo que significa que aún queda mucho trabajo por hacer. Queda pendiente que expliquen cómo se va a garantizar la educación y la atención especializada de los hijos de la Susana; así como la puesta en marcha de las acciones concretas e inmediatas que garanticen que las mujeres chiapanecas dejarán de morir por causas prevenibles.

La Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos emitió hace meses una recomendación que incluye algunas de las demandas de la familia, misma que fue aceptada por el gobierno de Chiapas. Ahora, le queda a la CNDH dar seguimiento a dicha recomendación de modo que situaciones como la de Susana dejen de repetirse.

GIRE dará seguimiento a las recomendaciones que faltan por cumplirse, pero no quisiera dejar pasar este enorme logro sin compartirlo con ustedes, dado que la realidad mexicana actual necesita con urgencia las buenas noticias. Gracias por todo su apoyo. Esperamos pronto tener más logros que compartir con ustedes y con las mujeres chiapanecas.




Observatory of Maternal Mortality in the Dominican Republic

We just included the link to the Observatory of Maternal Mortality in the Dominican Republic  to our section: Observatories. We invite you to learn about this initiative.



ADVANCE: Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis

The PAHO/WHO brings us a piece of good news. The rate of mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has decreased from an estimated 18% in 2010 to 5% in 2013. Nine countries and territories in the Americas reported data compatible with achieving the goals of eliminating MTCT of HIV in 2013, which is four more than in 2010. Read HERE the key messages about that achievement.

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