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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Birth registration: less than 50% in many African countries

This blog was originally published by the World Bank here. Birth registration refers to the permanent and official recording of a child's existence by a country’s administration or government. In many economies in Sub Saharan Africa, as well as some countries in South Asia, birth registration in rural areas is...

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Understanding the causes of preterm birth: solutions depend on context

This blog was originally published as a commentary in The Lancet Global Health here. An estimated 14.8 million babies are born preterm every year, before 37 completed weeks of gestation.1 Of these, around a million die because of direct complications,2 another 912 000 have mild to severe neurodevelopmental impairment, and many...

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Ebola vaccine for pregnant women: One step closer but still more to go

This blog was originally published as an opinion piece in STAT here. In the midst of a deadly epidemic like Ebola, who should get an experimental vaccine that provides protection against the disease 97.5% of the time? The obvious candidates would be immediate contacts of people who developed Ebola, and...

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