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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Increasing newborn babies’ chances of survival

In Pakistan, one baby in every 22 dies during its first month of life. This is the world’s highest rate of newborn mortality and a distressing statistic to which stillborn babies must be added. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides maternal and child healthcare services in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, near...

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Miscarriages and malnourishment: The perils of pregnancy in Yemen

Abeir Mohammed* sits at the foot of her mother's mud-brick house in Sawan, east of Yemen's capital Sanaa. She struggles as she searches for the words to describe the loss of her unborn child due to toxoplasmosis in July, this year. Usually preventable, toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a...

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