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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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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