Over and over again, Group B Strep International (GBSI) hears the stories of mothers who have experienced loss caused by infections they had never heard of or that they were told were no big deal. According to one study, up to 24% of stillbirths in developed countries have been attributable...Read More
From invisibility to visibility: Global initiatives make progress in incorporating stillbirths into their publications
In 2016, The Lancet’s Ending preventable stillbirth series presented a call to action to end preventable stillbirths by 2030. One simple action was for global partners to appropriately integrate stillbirths in women’s and children’s health initiatives, action plans, programs, publications and monitoring. A mapping of women’s and children’s health initiatives...Read More
Action not acronyms!: Prioritise integrated, contextually appropriate quality improvement tools with the health workers in focus
In much of Sub Saharan Africa, maternal and newborn care is provided by frontline staff in rural health facilities, characterized by a lack of resources and limited senior support. A plethora of well-intended Quality Improvement (QI) projects, often overlapping in scope but with distinct methodologies, may overwhelm and confuse rather...Read More
Enhancing health outcomes for pregnant women and newborns in developing countries has been a key policymaking goal over the last 20 years, but progress has been stubbornly slow. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 300,000 women die each year from complications in pregnancy and childbirth, while 2.5...Read More
Deprived of oxygen but full of life – how can we support African children affected by neonatal encephalopathy?
Somewhere in a small community clinic in Uganda a baby girl is born. Her mother waits for her first cry…but from Nadia there is no sound...no cry...no breath. Her labour has been long and difficult and Nadia’s brain has been starved of oxygen. Many others like her would be stillborn,...Read More