Learnings from the Government of India ‘Dakshata’ initiative to improve the quality of maternal and newborn care

In 2015, the Government of India launched ‘Dakshata’, meaning adroitness, across the country, to reduce the maternal mortality ratio and stillbirth rate. The initiative aimed to strengthen the quality of care (QoC) during and immediately after childbirth through focused and customized trainings for strategic skill-building of providers on high-impact essential...

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The impact of community-level treatment on children with severe pneumonia:

How results from a multi-country study encourage a review of current global policy and practice to save lives A blog by Golam Mothabbir, Senior Advisor, Health and Nutrition, Save the Children International – Bangladesh Country Office, and Eric Swedberg, Managing Director, Child Health, Department of Global Health, Save the Children, USA....

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Kangaroo Mother Care – Saving Lives of Premature Newborns

A blog by USAID’s MaMoni Maternal and Newborn Care Strengthening Project (MaMoni MNCSP) in Bangladesh.  “I was a little shocked and scared to see my baby so small and fragile. I did not think it would survive,” said Rina Khatun, mother of a newborn weighing only 1,400 grams at birth. The...

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Why is it important to invest in midwives?

Today is International Day of the Midwife (IDM). It is a day to celebrate and to reflect on the impact midwives and midwifery can make on reducing maternal and newborn mortality, morbidity, stillbirths and on improving quality care for women and newborns. It is also a time to consider how...

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