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Maternal and Newborn Health: A Global Challenge

Maternal and Newborn Health: A Global Challenge (A Youth Report)

Maternal and Newborn Health: A Global Challenge is the second in a series of youth reports that addresses the global challenges highlighted in UNICEF’s flagship report, the State of the World’s Children. The report describes both the successes achieved and the challenges remaining in keeping children healthy during their first five years of life.

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Maternal and Newborn Health: A Global Challenge (A High School Unit)

This unit was designed to help students understand the great disparity in trends and levels of maternal and newborn health around the world. Focusing on Asia and Africa, students will examine direct and indirect causes of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity, as well as the actions that must be taken to save lives. Stressing the importance of both national and international partnerships, the guide helps students to see the need for a global call to action.

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Where Do We Stand on Maternal and Newborn Health? (A High School Lesson Plan)

This lesson was designed to help students recognize the scope and scale of maternal and neonatal mortality for women in the developing world. Students are also asked to compare and contrast patterns of maternal and neonatal mortality rates across regions and identify some of the underlying causes of maternal and neonatal mortality at household, community, and country levels.

Community Partnerships (A High School Lesson Plan)

This lesson was designed to address maternal mortality in rural Nepal. Students are also asked to examine the social and economic factors giving rise to Nepal’s high rate of maternal and neonatal mortality and identify the challenges, as well as the strengths, of the Female Health Volunteer program in addressing this issue.

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Global Partnerships (A High School Lesson Plan)

This lesson examines some of the global partnerships that are working to improve maternal and newborn health. Students are asked to explore ways to strengthen and maintain these important partnerships.

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Food Price Implications (A High School Lesson Plan)

In this lesson students become familiar with the meaning of the food commodity price index and why it is it important. Students investigate a country’s level of risk for a food shortage crisis and become aware of the special nutritional needs of mothers and newborns. Students also develop effective advocacy messages.

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