Lessons on this Kangaroo Mother Care Day

This blog was originally posted in The Observer on May 15, 2019. Saidah, a mother of twins who were born preterm, would never have imagined that such tiny babies weighing 1.2 and 1.6 kilogrammes would survive. It was a first experience for her. She was, however, surprised that as time...

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Death in the city: Can Kampala mothers, their newborns be saved?

When Kawuma’s wife went into labour in the wee hours of that night on a date which he doesn’t recall four years ago, his option was to rush her to the nearest government Health Centre IV which serves his Kisenyi slum in Kampala. However, the gate man told him there...

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How Much Does It Cost to Save a Mother’s Life?

Calls to action, strategy development, and multiple initiatives over the last decade have made clear how important it is to end preventable maternal and perinatal deaths. But we still don’t have a comprehensive understanding of how much saving these mothers and newborns, and preventing stillbirths will cost. To get a...

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