Kangaroo Mother Care Capacity Building Workshop for Sub-Saharan Africa

African continent has made the highest progress during MDG era on reducing under five child deaths. However, there are more than a million newborn babies dying every year . The largest numbers of these preventable deaths are due to prematurity related complications which can be managed effectively by Kangaroo Mother...

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Ethiopian Faith Leaders Help Prevent Maternal and Newborn Deaths

Embaalaje district, Tigray Regional State – In this part of northern Ethiopia, much progress has been made since USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) began engaging faith leaders in improving the state of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). Kes Melakeselam Hailemnase, a 64-year-old Orthodox priest, participated in...

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In Ethiopia, Health Extension Workers Are Learning Skills That Save Lives

Featured image above: Health Extension Worker Misaye Asmamaw (center) visits Addise Yaregale and her son, Saleamelak, (right) at home. (Photos courtesy of Karen Kasmauski/MCSP) “It was a challenge and a long journey to get to the point we are right now,” said 30-year-old Misaye Asmamaw. She’s speaking of her years...

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Acting on the Call: Everyone Needs to Play Their Part Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths within a Generation

Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths within a Generation This article was originally published on the Health Policy Plus Viewpoints blog. This past August, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ministers of health from 26 countries[1] took a major leap forward when they signed a ministerial declaration committing to end Preventable Maternal,...

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A Big Global Movement for the World’s Smallest Newborns

Delegates from 10 countries will gather in Blantyre, Malawi, October 24–26 to discuss how to accelerate the adoption of life-saving care for premature babies, especially increasing the adoption of kangaroo mother care, nutrition, and thermal care interventions. The Government of Malawi and other partners are hosting the fourth meeting of the Kangaroo Mother Care Acceleration Partnership (KAP). Participants will come from six “priority countries” chosen because of their high rates of premature birth and strong political will to take action. For the past three years, newborn health experts from these countries have been sharing research, program experience, and innovations and built a professional network through meetings, site visits, and an online platform. Delegates from four additional countries whose kangaroo mother care acceleration plans have recently gained momentum, are also attending.

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