India needs neonatal transport

This blog was originally published by the Deccan Herald By Vidheya Venkatesh India witnessed 25 million births in a year, and has seen a slow decline in neonatal mortality rate in the last few years. With this sluggish advancement, the country has not been able to achieve its millennium development...

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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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