Handwashing Saves Lives – So Make Handwashing a Habit

In 1846 Dr. Ignal Semmelweis discovered that the absence of health provider handwashing practices prior to delivery increased the maternal mortality rate in his maternity clinic by 5 times when compared to deliveries where providers washed their hands before delivery. The interesting story surrounding his discovery and the subsequent refusal...

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Handwashing with Soap: A Simple but often Overlooked Habit

Today hundreds of millions around the world are gathering in schools, places of worship, and public spaces to celebrate a behavior that you may take for granted: handwashing with soap. Handwashing with soap might seem basic: it can be done by anyone with a few supplies, such as clean water...

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A Healthy Competition: Achieving “Clean Clinic Status” in Haiti

Reposted from the USAID Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) blog Of all the public health problems we face, why focus on clean clinics? The answers are simple. Unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) conditions and practices discourage people from seeking care at health facilities. This includes pregnant women, who...

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Community-Based Newborn Care for Mothers in Ethiopia

About 3 million babies are born in Ethiopia each year, nearly 80 percent of them at home. The 2011 Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey reports that newborn mortality rate is 37 per 1,000 live births – a rate that has stayed steady over the past 5–10 years; and newborn mortality...

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Seminar: The Effectiveness of Global Health Networks

This talk by Jeremy Shiffman Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Public Administration & Policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University, highlighted findings from a set of studies supported by the Gates Foundation comparing the effectiveness of global health networks addressing maternal mortality, neonatal mortality, tuberculosis, pneumonia,...

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