Low birth weight: will the new estimates accelerate progress?

Blog adapted from a comment in The Lancet Global Health here Birth weight is an important gauge of maternal and fetal health as well as an important determinant of perinatal, neonatal and postneonatal outcomes. Approximately 80% of newborns who die every year are low birth weight (LBW), under 2500 g,...

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Starting Small As An Example of Successful KMC Scale-Up

Today we celebrate the International Kangaroo Mother Care Awareness Day to promote this life saving, technically feasible and cost effective intervention for low birthweight and premature babies. Below, Goldy Mazia, Senior Newborn Health Advisor for Save the Children reflects on her experience with Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) in the Dominican...

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Improving and Incorporating New Monitoring Tools for Newborn Health in Bangladesh

In 2013, the Government of Bangladesh signaled its commitment to newborn health through A Promise Renewed: Child Survival Call to Action that scaled up Helping Babies Breathe nationally. The commitment endorsed four new interventions: Chlorhexidine as part of essential newborn care, appropriate use of antenatal corticosteroid and kangaroo mother care...

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Bangladesh’s experience of Chlorhexidine utilized through a dropper bottle

The Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) implemented a policy in 2014 that supported universal cleaning of the umbilical cord stump at the time of delivery using chlorhexidine digluconate (CHX), a broad spectrum antiseptic. Prior to introduction of this policy, the recommendation from the MOHFW was to keep...

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