World Prematurity Day 2020: “Together for babies born too soon – Caring for the future: Supporting families – Supporting healthcare professionals – Strengthening healthcare systems”

This year’s World Prematurity Day slogan is “Together for babies born too soon – Caring for the future: Supporting families – Supporting healthcare professionals – Strengthening healthcare systems” [1]. From the city of Mosul in Iraq comes a story on this theme. Mosul is located approximately 400 km northwest of...

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Virtual Quality of Care Coaches Training in Ethiopia

Followed by the virtual Quality Improvement(QI) workshop[1] held by UNICEF ESARO, WHO, UNFPA and the Ministry of Health in Kenya in June, a virtual training for Quality of Care(QoC) coaches was organized by health section of UNICEF Ethiopia country office(ECO) supported by UNICEF ESARO and in collaboration with Ministry of...

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Organizational approaches towards implementation of quality care webinar: A reflection

As of March 2020, the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and the virus had spread to many countries and territories. While COVID-19 continues to spread, communities must take action to prevent further transmission, reduce the negative impacts of the outbreak and...

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Coronavirus is the greatest threat to children since World War II

UNICEF UK released a briefing to ensure the UK Government and civil society understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children around the world. Eddie and Maham from the Youth Advisory Board have written a blog about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children and young people around the...

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Virtual Capacity Building for Quality Improvement Teams & Coaches – A key step towards institutionalization of quality of care efforts at national, subnational and health facility level

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the availability of essential health services - especially services for pregnant women, newborns and children - that cannot be delayed or shifted to other settings. In many lower middle-income countries, maternal and child mortality remain high, and hard-won gains could falter without continued attention. Practitioners...

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