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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Balochistan Province of Pakistan is moving ahead for saving newborns

Background For the last few decades, Pakistan has struggled to decrease its neonatal mortality rate (NMR), which at present stands at 42 per 1,000  live births, with clear disparities across urban vs rural, provincial and wealth quintiles. In the Balochistan province, Maternal and Newborn Health (MNCH) indicators remain poor. The...

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Namibia: World Prematurity Day

By Gloria Siseho More than 500 people across the Oshana region gathered to celebrate the World Prematurity Day on 18 November in Namibia, a country where 54% of neonatal deaths are due to prematurity and low birth weight. The day was officiated by the Ministry of Health and Social Services...

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