Lancet Series finds major potential to improve maternal, newborn survival and reduce stillbirths in next decade.
In a bid to make treatment of diseases affordable for the poor, all beds in government hospitals in West Bengal were being turned into free, chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Wednesday.
Giving steroids to women who are about to give birth prematurely — a standard lifesaving medical practice in richer countries — may be useless or even dangerous in poor countries where most women give birth at home, amajor new study has found.
Although Nigeria has made some progress in reducing child mortality, the country is behind the 2015 target of 30.3 deaths per 1000 live births as against 61 deaths per 1,000 live births Nigeria recorded in 2012.
"The reality is that pregnant women are facing a double threat – dying from Ebola, and from pregnancy or childbirth, due to the devastating impact of Ebola on health workers and health systems."
Experts are now debating whether the funding balance needs to be adjusted to concentrate more on building general health systems in poor countries so they can withstand health crises like Ebola.
Two courses of antenatal corticosteroids can be administered to pregnant women with preterm premature rupture of membranes (PROM) without increasing the risk for neonatal sepsis, according to the article.
Many health workers in Liberia and its virus-ravaged neighbors have contracted Ebola while attending to births and being exposed to blood and other body fluids, provoking fears of providing maternity care.
When Ebola broke out in Sierra Leone in May, and Liberia in August, the number of births attended by a health professional in Liberia dropped from 52 percent to 38 percent.
Letters of inquiry are being accepted online until 1 December, 2014.