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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Improving and Incorporating New Monitoring Tools for Newborn Health in Bangladesh

In 2013, the Government of Bangladesh signaled its commitment to newborn health through A Promise Renewed: Child Survival Call to Action that scaled up Helping Babies Breathe nationally. The commitment endorsed four new interventions: Chlorhexidine as part of essential newborn care, appropriate use of antenatal corticosteroid and kangaroo mother care...

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Monitoring the quality of care for Nigerian mothers and newborns using DHIS2

Gombe State in northeastern Nigeria bears a very high burden of maternal and neonatal mortality, with mortality rates estimated at 576 per 100,000 live births and 37 per 1,000 live births, respectively. In an effort to address this problem, the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency is committed to...

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