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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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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Kangaroo Mother Care: Factors influencing home KMC following hospital discharge

Infant mortality remains a major public health dilemma that disproportionally affects low-income countries.[1] In particular, the neonatal period is the most vulnerable time for an infant’s survival. India accounts for a quarter of neonatal deaths globally. An estimated 7.5 million low birth weight (LBW) babies (less than 2500 grams) are...

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Why so many newborns and mothers still die

This post was originally published on Project Syndicate here. To improve quality of care before, during, and after childbirth, the global health community must develop new, evidence-backed interventions that address the underlying – often hidden – reasons why health-care providers fail to take the necessary steps. The first step is...

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Early total enteral feeding – An effective intervention to improve outcomes in very low birth weight (VLBW) neonates in resource limited settings

Early appropriate nutrition and infection prevention are vital for the survival of a preterm infant. These issues are interconnected when delayed enteral feeds leads to intravenous intervention, which can result in infection. For example, a very-low-birthweight (VLBW) neonate might have the establishment of enteral feeds delayed for several days due...

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