Birth registration: less than 50% in many African countries

This blog was originally published by the World Bank here. Birth registration refers to the permanent and official recording of a child's existence by a country’s administration or government. In many economies in Sub Saharan Africa, as well as some countries in South Asia, birth registration in rural areas is...

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Developing data use capacity in the maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition sector in Malawi, Mali, Mozambique and Tanzania: an evolving strategy

This post was originally published as a commentary in the Journal of Global Health here. Alongside the Sustainable Development Goals is a call for a “data revolution” that will “monitor progress, hold governments accountable, and foster sustainable development”. With recent technological advances, the amount and types of data available to...

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Beyond Birth Weight: How Dr Hannah Blencowe is Making Every Baby Count

This blog was originally featured on the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health Centre Blog here. Dr Hannah Blencowe joined the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) fresh out of working in Malawi as a pediatrician at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blantyre...

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Observed International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day

Improving Newborn Survival, a Save the Children project funded by Johnson & Johnson to help reduce neonatal mortality in Bangladesh, marked International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day on May 15 in supported heath facilities by highlighting the consequences of premature and low birth weight (LBW) newborns and how Kangaroo Mother Care...

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Low birth weight: will the new estimates accelerate progress?

Blog adapted from a comment in The Lancet Global Health here Birth weight is an important gauge of maternal and fetal health as well as an important determinant of perinatal, neonatal and postneonatal outcomes. Approximately 80% of newborns who die every year are low birth weight (LBW), under 2500 g,...

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