Virtual Capacity Building for Quality Improvement Teams & Coaches – A key step towards institutionalization of quality of care efforts at national, subnational and health facility level

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the availability of essential health services - especially services for pregnant women, newborns and children - that cannot be delayed or shifted to other settings. In many lower middle-income countries, maternal and child mortality remain high, and hard-won gains could falter without continued attention. Practitioners...

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Simple and safe: preventing preterm birth with aspirin

This commentary was originally published in The Lancet By Julie A Quinlivan   Preterm birth is one of the most common causes of death and disability in children in high-income and low-income countries around the world. Wealthy nations have targeted the problem with expensive interventions, including ultrasounds of the cervical...

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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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