Lessons from quality improvement approaches in India

India contributes to the largest numbers of global neonatal and under-five child deaths. Despite tremendous progress in reducing mortality and increasing access to health services through expansion in the infrastructure of the healthcare facilities and number of health care workers, gaps in care remain. Globally, it is widely acknowledged that...

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Breastfeeding Well Begun is Breastfeeding Well Sustained

For most women, sustained breastfeeding can be achievable against the backdrop of constant family, social and health system support, specifically through the institutionalized practice of skin to skin care (SSC) at birth. When efforts and resources are optimized within health facilities to provide technical support for mothers in the crucial...

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Working with Government Systems to Improve Exclusive Breastfeeding Practices in Urban Informal Settlements of India

In urban Maharashtra, a highly industrialized state in India, exclusive breastfeeding rates are low, around 50%. Increasing rates of exclusive breastfeeding is an effective strategy for preventing diarrhea, a leading cause of poor nutritional status and death among infants. Researchers at the Mumbai-based non-profit Society for Nutrition, Education & Health...

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How can we improve the care of small and sick newborns in low- and middle-income countries?: A summary of a global discussion on CHIFA: Part 2

A recent study on the measurement of service readiness for providing inpatient care of small and sick newborns puts the spotlight on improving monitoring systems, quality of care and investments in health systems scale-up to end preventable newborn death and disability, as discussed in Part 2 in a series of...

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