Why COVID-19 strengthens the case for a dedicated financing mechanism to scale up innovation in women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health

This blog was originally published by the Lancet. The disruptive effects of pandemics on the delivery of health services is increasingly recognised as a global threat to maternal and child health. 1 The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the need to not only rapidly develop health-care innovations but to also...

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World Prematurity Day 2020: “Together for babies born too soon – Caring for the future: Supporting families – Supporting healthcare professionals – Strengthening healthcare systems”

This year’s World Prematurity Day slogan is “Together for babies born too soon – Caring for the future: Supporting families – Supporting healthcare professionals – Strengthening healthcare systems” [1]. From the city of Mosul in Iraq comes a story on this theme. Mosul is located approximately 400 km northwest of...

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Bangladesh continues to promote Kangaroo Mother Care amidst COVID-19 pandemic to prevent prematurity related complications and deaths

Lakshmipur, a district in the southern part of Bangladesh, has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic like every other place in the country this year. Seeking regular health services from healthcare centers decreased rapidly, in fear of contracting this deadly virus. However, in recent months the situation started to improve...

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Preterm Birth in Bangladesh: USAID’s MaMoni Maternal and Newborn Care Strengthening Project Efforts to Combat One of the Major Killers of Children under Five

By the time you finish reading this blog, at least one newborn child will die in Bangladesh due to prematurity. The United Nations (UN)[1] reported an estimated 2.4 million deaths in 2019, within the first four weeks after birth, or the neonatal period. Globally, 6,700 newborns die every day; in...

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Conversations on World Prematurity Day

Nov 17 is World Prematurity Day. This day is about raising awareness, advancing research, promoting advocacy, education, and action to reduce the burden of premature birth at global, regional and national levels. Born too Soon was published in 2012, jointly by March of Dimes, Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child...

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