Understanding the Resiliency of Maternal and Child Health Services in Latin America after the Zika Outbreak

This blog was originally published on USAID's Health Research Program website here. Related Project: Coordinating Implementation Research to Communicate Learning and Evidence Author(s): Michelle C. May, Research Associate, CIRCLE Project The Zika outbreak greatly affected several Latin American and Caribbean countries to the extent that the World Health Organization declared...

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Training nurses for improved neonatal care in Haiti

By Alka Dev In 1804, Haiti defeated its French colonizers to become the first Black nation to gain independence due to a large and successful slave rebellion. While the country was free to promote human rights, universal citizenship, and participation in government, development in Haiti has been a broad challenge....

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Starting Small As An Example of Successful KMC Scale-Up

Today we celebrate the International Kangaroo Mother Care Awareness Day to promote this life saving, technically feasible and cost effective intervention for low birthweight and premature babies. Below, Goldy Mazia, Senior Newborn Health Advisor for Save the Children reflects on her experience with Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) in the Dominican...

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Understanding the reasons for hospital and home births in Haiti

A post from the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group stillbirths series by Alka Dev In a country like Haiti, where 60% of women deliver at home, it is not uncommon that women find themselves in very risky situations if something starts to go wrong during labor or delivery. In rural areas...

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Quality, not just quantity: antenatal care in LMICs

On the surface, health records with completed rows of four antenatal care (ANC) visits for each woman, show great success. Indicators on antenatal care coverage – at least one visit and at least four visits – focused efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals on increasing the number of ANC...

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