Bangladesh continues to promote Kangaroo Mother Care amidst COVID-19 pandemic to prevent prematurity related complications and deaths

Lakshmipur, a district in the southern part of Bangladesh, has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic like every other place in the country this year. Seeking regular health services from healthcare centers decreased rapidly, in fear of contracting this deadly virus. However, in recent months the situation started to improve...

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Preterm Birth in Bangladesh: USAID’s MaMoni Maternal and Newborn Care Strengthening Project Efforts to Combat One of the Major Killers of Children under Five

By the time you finish reading this blog, at least one newborn child will die in Bangladesh due to prematurity. The United Nations (UN)[1] reported an estimated 2.4 million deaths in 2019, within the first four weeks after birth, or the neonatal period. Globally, 6,700 newborns die every day; in...

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Operationalization of WHO guidelines for managing possible serious bacterial infection (PSBI) in young infants

Infections remain a leading cause of newborn deaths globally. In 2015, WHO issued a guideline for managing possible serious bacterial infection (PSBI) in young infants (0-59 days) using simplified antibiotic regimens – including fewer injections, provided closer to the community – when compliance with hospital referral is not feasible. The guideline aims...

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Using Benchmarks to Assess Progress Towards Operationalizing PSBI Guidelines

In 2017 WHO, Save the Children, UNICEF, and USAID, in collaboration with program managers and policy makers, developed a set of 23 benchmarks to monitor national-level progress in implementation of a new guideline for possible serious bacterial infection (PSBI) in young infants when referral is not feasible. These 23 benchmarks, outlined in...

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Getting Newborn Resuscitation Right—You Need the Skills AND the Tools

By Farid Atiqzai and Sheena Currie Zir Chinar Kham, Afghanistan—In Ghutai’s third home delivery, her newborn struggled to breathe and died before help could be found. When the Afghan mother of two went into labor with her next child, she was determined that the outcome would be different. With the...

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