Bereavement

The unacceptable stigma and shame women face after baby loss must end

By Dr Nono Simelela Too many babies still die in pregnancy or childbirth. The numbers are heartbreaking: approximately one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage, generally before 28 weeks, and 2.6million babies are stillborn, half of whom die in childbirth. Many of these deaths, especially the stillbirths, are preventable with...

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Offline: The false narrative of “tremendous progress”

This blog was originally published by The Lancet here. By Richard Horton “More women and their children are surviving today than ever before.” This statement from UNICEF last week was indisputably true. Impressively detailed reports from the UN Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation and the UN Maternal Mortality Estimation...

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Integrating Simplified Treatment Regimens to Manage Sepsis in Sick Young Infants

This blog was originally published on USAID's Health Research Program website here. By Samira Aboubaker Neonatal infections including pneumonia, sepsis, and meningitis are responsible for 21% of neonatal deaths annually and were responsible for over 550,000 out of 2.6 million neonatal deaths in 2016.1 Timely and appropriate inpatient care and...

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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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Job Opportunity: WHO short-term consultancy on maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response in humanitarian settings

Terms of Reference This consultancy is requested by: Unit: Epidemiology and Monitoring and Evaluation Team Department: Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Department 1. Purpose of the Consultancy The consultant will support maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response activities in humanitarian settings. 2. Background The Maternal, Newborn, Child and...

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