Ubos survey: Maternal, infant death rates drop

Daily Monitor Uganda HNN Admin

Kampala- The numbers of mothers who die while giving birth has reduced from 438 to 368 deaths per 100, 000 live births. The latest figures are contained in the 2016 Uganda Health Demographic and Health Survey released yesterday by Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) officials. The survey conducted between June 12 and December 18 last … Continued

India Part of Health Network to Reduce Maternal, Newborn Deaths

India-West India HNN Admin

India is among nine countries that have created a United Nations agencies-supported health network to significantly reduce maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities. The countries’ governments have pledged to halve the deaths at facilities by 2022, according to a U.N. news release. The other countries in the health network include Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, … Continued

Doctors No Longer Rush to Cut the Umbilical Cord

The New York Times HNN Admin

For generations, obstetricians have been quick to cut the umbilical cord of newborns. That’s changing, and most expectant parents should anticipate at least a short delay before the cord is cut. In January, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists became the latest major medical organization to formally recommend that doctors routinely wait before clamping … Continued

Busoga hospitals get Shs150m equipment

Daily Monitor Uganda HNN Admin

Makerere University School of Public Health in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco, has donated equipment estimated at Shs155m to six hospitals in Busoga sub-region. The hospitals are; Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, Iganga General Hospital, Bugiri General Hospital, Kamuli General Hospital, Kamuli Mission Hospital and St Francis Buluba Mission Hospital in Mayuge District. … Continued

Nine countries commit to halve maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities

WHO Bangladesh, India, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda, Nigeria

New WHO and UNICEF-supported network to improve care for mothers and babies On February 14 of 2017, 9 countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years. Through a new Network … Continued

Kangaroo Care Helps Preemies And Full Term Babies, Too Listen· 4:28

National Public Radio

Kangaroo mother care has been widely used worldwide to care for premature babies, and it’s gaining popularity in caring for healthy full term babies like Ali as well. It is as it sounds: Like a kangaroo’s pouch, mothers hold their naked newborns on their bare chest for the first few hours of life.

Unnecessary C-sections done in Bangladesh, says Save the Children director Ishtiaq Mannan

bdnews24 Bangladesh

“This is a life-saving procedure. So too many caesarian deliveries are as dangerous as too few,” Dr Ishtiaq Mannan, director of the Save the Children’s health, nutrition and HIV/AIDS wing, said at an orientation programme for journalists on Sunday. Citing the 2014 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS), he said 23 percent of facility deliveries … Continued

In Nepal, a Monthly Exile for Women

New York Times Nepal

In remote western Nepal, where the Himalayas brush the sky, girls spend their childhoods as they have for generations, dreading growing up. Puberty starts a monthly exile. An entrenched, superstitious practice linked to Hinduism, Chaupadi, considers menstruating women impure and bad luck, rendering them untouchables. Menstruating women are banished, often to forests where they sleep … Continued

‘Sometimes the baby dies, sometimes the mother’: Life and death in Yemen’s hospitals

Washington Post Yemen

The infant was barely breathing when his uncle brought him to the hospital in a cardboard box. He was wrapped in a blue towel, and wads of cotton were stuffed around his frail body to keep him warm. Muhammad Haithem was just hours old, born two months premature.His mother had gone into labor when an … Continued

Local leaders’ influence helps safe child birth in rural Bangladesh

bdnews24.com Bangladesh

The family planning wing of the Bangladesh government has adopted a policy to use local government leaders’ influence in ensuring 24/7 normal delivery services and child care at the village level facilities.