Why COVID-19 strengthens the case for a dedicated financing mechanism to scale up innovation in women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health

This blog was originally published by the Lancet. The disruptive effects of pandemics on the delivery of health services is increasingly recognised as a global threat to maternal and child health. 1 The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the need to not only rapidly develop health-care innovations but to also...

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Organizational approaches towards implementation of quality care webinar: A reflection

As of March 2020, the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and the virus had spread to many countries and territories. While COVID-19 continues to spread, communities must take action to prevent further transmission, reduce the negative impacts of the outbreak and...

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Coronavirus is the greatest threat to children since World War II

UNICEF UK released a briefing to ensure the UK Government and civil society understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children around the world. Eddie and Maham from the Youth Advisory Board have written a blog about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children and young people around the...

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More babies are dying due to indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Mary Kinney & Ashish KC New study from Nepal confirms the direct effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on care around the time of birth. A new study from Nepal confirms that the COVID-19 outbreak and response have severely affected maternal and newborn health. The study, published The Lancet Global...

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Virtual Capacity Building for Quality Improvement Teams & Coaches – A key step towards institutionalization of quality of care efforts at national, subnational and health facility level

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the availability of essential health services - especially services for pregnant women, newborns and children - that cannot be delayed or shifted to other settings. In many lower middle-income countries, maternal and child mortality remain high, and hard-won gains could falter without continued attention. Practitioners...

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