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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Kangaroo Mother Care in Malawi: Improving Uptake using a Customized Wrap

One-third of all newborn deaths (37%) in Malawi result from direct complications of prematurity (37%). In an effort to prevent these deaths, the Government of Malawi has prioritized Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) as part of their effort to increase access to quality health services for mothers and children. The success...

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Pregnancy and COVID-19: Lessons so far

The outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that started in December 2019 in Wuhan, China has rapidly become a public health threat (Li et al. 2020). On March 11 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognised COVID-19 as a pandemic since it affected 114 countries with 118,000 cases and 4,291 deaths...

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