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Women Deliver Recognizes Jhpiego’s Innovations

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Jhpiego Recognized onTop 50 List of Ideas and Solutions Improving the Lives

of Girls and Women Worldwide

On International Women’s Day, Women Deliver features grassroots and global initiatives that promote a better world for girls and women

 March 7, 2012, New York – Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization, today announced the “Women Deliver 50,” a compilation of the 50 most inspiringideas and solutions that are delivering for girls and women across the globe. After receiving hundreds of online nominations from 103 countries, a selection committee chose 125 finalists to be voted on by the public. More than 6,000 individuals participated in the online voting.

Among the winners is Jhpiego’s “Addressing Postpartum Hemorrhage in Afghanistan and Nepal,” an innovative project that brings lifesaving medication to women in remote areas of the world to prevent bleeding after birth, the leading cause of maternal deaths worldwide. The project relies on trained community health workers to visit women in their homes, delivering health care messages about birth preparedness, childbirth attended by a skilled health provider and newborn care, and instructions on preventing postpartum hemorrhage through the use of misoprostol.

“The solutions on this list show that with ingenuity, drive and dedication, we can build a better world for girls and women,” said Jill Sheffield, Women Deliver Founder and President. “We are proud to celebrate these organizations and programs, which are pioneering real, lasting social change at the local and global levels. We have seen time and time again that when we invest in girls and women, entire societies benefit.”

The “Women Deliver 50” list showcases advocacy campaigns, health interventions, technologies, educational initiatives and leadership programs. The initiatives, which range from grassroots to global, are led by social entrepreneurs, civil society, governments, international agencies and private companies.

Leslie Mancuso, Jhpiego’s President and CEO, attributed the success of Jhpiego’s postpartum hemorrhage strategy to the collaboration among Jhpiego’s technical experts, government partners, local health care providers and the U.S. Agency for International Development, which has supported the initiative.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for the work we are doing with our country partners to save the lives of women. This is an extraordinary acknowledgment that low-cost, creative and innovative solutions to the health challenges facing women in the developing world can keep women alive and healthy.”

Of the 50 ideas and solutions featured, 25 are centered in sub-Saharan Africa, nine in Asia, five in the Middle East and North Africa, four in Latin America, and two in Europe and North America, while the others are global in reach. A selection committee of experts and advocates representing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Medic Mobile, Room to Read, Man Up and the International Center for Research on Women narrowed down the original list of nominations for voting. Women Deliver President, Jill Sheffield, acted as Chair.

Other inspirational solutions featured in the Women Deliver 50 include Aawaaj, an organization in Nepal that works to break the silence around sexual violence, Backpack Farm’s project in Kenya and South Sudan to build the capacity of female farmers and The Partnership to End Child Marriage’s newly launched “Girls Not Brides” global campaign. ”Addressing Postpartum Hemorrhage in Afghanistan and Nepal” by Jhpiego was nominated because of the impact that it has had on girls and women.

Jhpiego, a global, non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University, has worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families for more than 35 years and in over 150 countries. We work with health experts, governments and community leaders to provide high-quality health care for their people. Jhpiego develops strategies to help countries care for themselves by training competent health care workers, strengthening health systems and improving delivery of care. We design innovative, effective and low-cost health care solutions to ensure a level of care for women and their families. These practical, evidence-based interventions are breaking down barriers to high-quality health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

View the entire Women Deliver 50 list at www.womendeliver.org.

Contact: Melody McCoy, Jhpiego Vice President for External Relations and Communications

+1 410-537-1829