Measurement Matters! Highlights from a recent DHS publication on Thermal Care and Umbilical Cord Care Practices and Their Associations with Newborn Mortality

The global public health agenda spotlight is increasingly focused on reducing preventable newborn deaths. Skilled care at birth and delivery in a health facility equipped with life-saving medical technologies is a clear path to prevention. However, many women continue to deliver at home, impeded by lack of access to a...

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Increasing newborn babies’ chances of survival

In Pakistan, one baby in every 22 dies during its first month of life. This is the world’s highest rate of newborn mortality and a distressing statistic to which stillborn babies must be added. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides maternal and child healthcare services in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, near...

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Involving men in maternity care in Burkina Faso positively impacts family health

Engaging families and communities is crucial to prevent maternal and newborn mortality. We know that men often play an important role in deciding when and where women and children should seek health care. However, male partners and fathers don’t usually accompany women and children when they visit health facilities. This...

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