Previously, the procurement and supply of the kits had largely depended on donors and had not been adequate or consistent, leading to severe shortages at Health Centres III and IV.
These documents are being provided to facilitate standardized terminology, consent, collection, processing and storage across biobanks and research studies.
In hospitals like Zeweditu in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, incubators are rare. And when they are available, the electricity supply isn’t reliable enough to keep them running.
The First Embrace, a regional launch in 37 countries, says Dr. Silvestre, is taking off from the Philippine experience of changing the way we care for our babies, especially immediately after birth, as well as changing our practices for mothers.
"These are the most cost-effective health interventions," said Jhalani, the supervisor of the project, named 'Kilkari,' or "Baby's Gurgle", which will tailor its recorded messages to individual stages of pregnancy or the age of a newborn.
Women and girls who are able to plan their births and stay healthy are better able to complete their education, participate more fully and productively in the labour force, accumulate higher household savings, and raise healthier and better educated children.
For women in particular, part of being safe during disasters — natural or otherwise — means ensuring safe birth, safety from unintended pregnancy, and safety from violence.
There is an effort underway to replace the anachronistic 1950s definition of fetal death with a more modern one to distinguish between the timing of stillbirth and that of fetal death, which is clinically more significant.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said preventable deaths of women and children could be ended “within a generation,” with political commitment an increase in innovative financing and strong partnership.
New op-ed by Dr. Aminu Magashi highlights the policies guiding maternal and newborn health in Nigeria.