Operationalization of WHO guidelines for managing possible serious bacterial infection (PSBI) in young infants

Infections remain a leading cause of newborn deaths globally. In 2015, WHO issued a guideline for managing possible serious bacterial infection (PSBI) in young infants (0-59 days) using simplified antibiotic regimens – including fewer injections, provided closer to the community – when compliance with hospital referral is not feasible. The guideline aims...

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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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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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Mali: Babies born too soon can survive and thrive

By Fatoumata Namandou Traore and Nathalie Gamache At 23, Fatoumata Coulibaly, a mother of two, added to her family when she gave birth to twins at the community health center of Didieni, Mali, in April 2017. Born in this rural village, 40km from a district hospital and 180km from the...

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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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