Understanding the causes of preterm birth: solutions depend on context

This blog was originally published as a commentary in The Lancet Global Health here. An estimated 14.8 million babies are born preterm every year, before 37 completed weeks of gestation.1 Of these, around a million die because of direct complications,2 another 912 000 have mild to severe neurodevelopmental impairment, and many...

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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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