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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Why so many newborns and mothers still die

This post was originally published on Project Syndicate here. To improve quality of care before, during, and after childbirth, the global health community must develop new, evidence-backed interventions that address the underlying – often hidden – reasons why health-care providers fail to take the necessary steps. The first step is...

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Indonesia’s lessons in using innovative approaches to improving the quality of emergency obstetric and newborn care services in hospitals and health centers

“Every death counts. The death of a mother or a newborn is not just a tragedy for the family but also an indicator of an egregious failure of the health system, especially because many of these tragic deaths are preventable.”     (Saifuddin Ahmed and Judith Fullerton in the editorial of...

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Awareness as the first step to prevention: prenatal infection and stillbirth

A post from the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group stillbirths series by Amy Perhach Over and over again, Group B Strep International (GBSI) hears the stories of mothers who have experienced loss caused by infections they had never heard of or that they were told were no big deal. According to...

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