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News from October 2012

Blog Action Day: Universal Health Coverage


Today is global Blog Action Day and the theme is The Power of We, so we thought we’d tell you about a joint effort which could make a huge difference… Last week Health Poverty Action and 109 other health organisations ... Read more

Blog: How can NGOs best work with Academics?


Sarah Edwards, Health Poverty Action’s Head of Policy and Campaigns attended a workshop on research and collaboration between NGOs and academics. Today Health Poverty Action joined the international health network, Medicus Mundi International. Why is taking part in a network like this ... Read more

International Day of the Girl


No one could help Mary when her labour started to go wrong. With no health centre or hospital nearby, at just 16 Mary gave birth at home. No one with medical training was with her and after three agonising days she ... Read more

Run for Health


Health Poverty Action has teamed up with specialist running shop Run and Become to launch a new initiative highlighting the two-fold benefits of running. We all know what a positive impact running has on our own health and well-being. But ... Read more

Standing up for maternal health in Guatemala

Giving birth standing up is an ancient tradition amongst indigenous Guatemalan women.   This deeply embedded cultural practice does not damage the health of mother or baby; indeed many women in the West are now encouraged to stay upright and ... Read more

The worst place in the world to give birth?

Sierra Leone has often been described as the worst place in the world to be pregnant. Following a brutal civil war, half the country’s population was displaced and infrastructure was devastated. With widespread poverty, there was little funding for health ... Read more

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