Dear Partners and Friends,
As we look back on 2015, the Health and Development Foundation would like to thank all our partners, colleagues, and friends for their participation and support! This has been an exciting and productive year for HDF, including the launch of new programs and expansion of current initiatives.
The Health and Development Foundation recently released a guide for developers and implementers of mHealth interventions MARPS: The Roadmap - mHealth Interventions for At-Risk Women. As part of this ongoing project, we maintain a databaseon our website of articles related to mHealth interventions for at-risk populations. If you are a developer, researcher, or implementer, you can search the regularly updated database for the subject or tool you are interested in, and please feel free to suggest articles for inclusion.
The third Thursday in November is the Great American Smokeout, an event initiated by the American Cancer Society in the 1970s to draw attention to problems associated with smoking and ways that smokers can find help quitting.
November 17 is World Prematurity Day, when organizations, governments, and individuals around the world focus their attention on the issue of preterm births, and offer their support to families who have experienced this globally.
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health points outin their message today that prematurity is the leading cause of deaths of children under 5, and complications from preterm birth accounted for more than 1 million child deaths in 2015. Premature infants who survive can face lifelong disabilities without appropriate treatment.
The World Health Organization has co-authored a series of articles for a special issue by The BMJ on maternal and child health. One of the articles notes that although great strides have been made in the field, progress is still needed, as “800 women and 7700 newborns still die each day from complications during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the postnatal period; an additional 7300 women experience a stillbirth.”
Stanley Street Treatment & Resources, Inc. (SSTAR) has been involved in efforts with an international focus since 2000, when CEO Nancy Paull was asked by the American International Health Alliance and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to visit the former Soviet republic of Georgia to help train doctors on addiction treatment and prevention. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation heard about SSTAR’s work and put forward its name to the United Nations (UN), which was looking for organizations interested in helping under-resourced countries develop drug treatment. SSTAR was chosen to be one of 20 agencies in the world to form the UN’s Treatnet Project.
The Social Good Moms blog recently posted a summary of five mobile programs helping to reduce maternal mortality rates in Africa through increased connectivity, appointment reminders, and the provision of health information.
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The number of smokers in Russia has been gradually decreasing since the passing of new federal legislation restricting smoking. According to the Russian Public Opinion Research Center, the number of smokers has gone down by 6% in the last two years to 35%.
One significant indicator used to evaluate program effectiveness is the satisfaction of subscribers with program content; specifically, whether respondents received information on topics that interested them. Respondents answered several questions about the content of SMS messages. There were separate questions for pregnant women and women with children under one year of age.
This Sunday, mothers around the world will celebrate with their families, and opinion leaders will take the time to focus on issues of maternal health and safety. More health information and greater connection to health services is an important factor in improving maternal and child health, and both public and private organizations have increasingly turned towards the use of mobile communication channels to increase the effectiveness of existing programs or create new initiatives with a wider reach.