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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Integrating Reproductive Health and Newborn Health Services

World Population Day is celebrated each year on July 11 to “focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.” This year, the day points to the unfinished business related to reproductive health and gender equality stemming from the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. The date is...

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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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Rethinking innovation in maternal and child health in Africa: five case studies

It was a typical yet astonishing scene in Wandi village in northeastern Nigeria: a traditional barber known as a wanzam ceremonially shaved Abubakar Nafisatu’s hair on his seventh day of life, as is the custom there. Then the barber did something not so customary: He stressed to Abukabar’s mother the...

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