Born Invisible: Accounting for Every Newborn Life in Cox’s Bazar

Since 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have escaped the systematic violence and oppression they faced in Myanmar in hopes of securing a safer and healthier life for their children. In Cox’s Bazar, a new mother, Azida, recalled her treacherous journey with her family while eight months pregnant. “We fled...

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Birth registration: less than 50% in many African countries

This blog was originally published by the World Bank here. Birth registration refers to the permanent and official recording of a child's existence by a country’s administration or government. In many economies in Sub Saharan Africa, as well as some countries in South Asia, birth registration in rural areas is...

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Closing the practice-to-outcome gap: lessons from the BetterBirth study

This blog was originally published as a commentary in The Lancet Global Health here. In the struggle to achieve Sustainable Development Goals of reducing maternal and neonatal mortality, the focus of health-care providers has always been to target childbirth and the first 24 h that follow, as nearly half of...

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Understanding the causes of preterm birth: solutions depend on context

This blog was originally published as a commentary in The Lancet Global Health here. An estimated 14.8 million babies are born preterm every year, before 37 completed weeks of gestation.1 Of these, around a million die because of direct complications,2 another 912 000 have mild to severe neurodevelopmental impairment, and many...

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Syphilis diagnosis and treatment during antenatal care: the potential catalytic impact of the dual HIV and syphilis rapid diagnostic test

This post was originally published as a commentary in The Lancet Global Health here. An estimated 355 000 adverse pregnancy outcomes occur annually due to syphilis,1 two-thirds of which result in stillbirth or neonatal death.2WHO launched the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis initiative in 2014.3However, antenatal syphilis screening...

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