A Voice for Midwives is a Voice for Progress

Several years ago, a colleague was telling me about his efforts to introduce a new family planning method in one of the countries he worked in. “The women just weren’t interested in this method,” he said, frustrated. Initially, he and his team of experts couldn’t figure out why. They’d done a lot of legwork to…

We Have the Tools to Reach “Zero Malaria” in Pregnancy

Malaria is a silent killer and a health risk for many around the world. It causes about half a million deaths each year, with over 90 percent of those occurring in sub-Saharan Africa alone. As the third most common cause of death in women of reproductive age in Africa, malaria poses increased risk for pregnant…

Improving Healthcare for Women and Children

This information sheet provides a brief summary of the health systems approach used by Chemonics to improve efficiencies and increase resources for maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) services. Chemonics’ programs strengthen health supply chains to ensure that commodities for mothers, newborns, and children are available when and where they are needed. The company also…

Maternal Mortality Review Committees Ask “Why” to Prevent Maternal Deaths

Late one night about a year ago, I got the call no health care worker ever wants to receive. The man left a heart-stopping message with my midwifery practice’s answering service saying that our patient — his previously healthy wife — and their unborn child had just abruptly passed away at another Washington, D.C.-area hospital.…

International Day of the Midwife: Promoting Diversity to Reduce Disparities in Maternal Health

A recent article highlighted the staggering disparities that persist in maternal and neonatal outcomes in America. The disparities are in part because of societal and racial bias within the health-care system. In New York, black women are four times more likely than white women to die in childbirth. Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are life-threatening pregnancy-related conditions that are sixty percent more…

Rachel Deussom

Rachel Deussom is the director of the Chemonics Global Health Practice, with over 17 years of experience focusing on health systems strengthening, human resources for health, community health, digital Health, HIV/AIDS, and maternal and child health. Previously, she acted as the technical director of HRH2030 Program, USAID’s global health workforce flagship project, led by Chemonics.…

Reducing Obstetric Fistula in Rwanda

Obstetric fistula is a childbearing injury that occurs when a perforation develops between the bladder or the rectum and the vagina. The USAID Rwanda Family Health Project (RFHP), in conjunction with the Ministry of Health of Rwanda, formulated an approach to promote early care-seeking behavior for women who have fistula and to address prevention of…

Cutting-edge Technologies in Global Health Supply Chains

To improve access to high-quality health products worldwide, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management project employs cutting-edge technologies and industry best practices to make global health supply chains more efficient and reach more people.

Rachel Hampshire

Rachel Hampshire is an international health and nutrition professional with over twelve years of experience. She currently serves as the Director of the Global Health Supply Chain Technical Assistance Francophone Task Order. Ms. Hampshire has developed technical approaches for proposals and ongoing programs addressing themes such as nutrition, water and sanitation, community health, and maternal…

Mariam Reda

​​Dr. Mariam Reda is a former Director in Chemonics’ Global Health Division.