Joint Regional Webinar Series on Continuity of Maternal and Newborn Services

As of March 2020, the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and the virus had spread to many countries and territories. While COVID-19 continues to spread, communities must take action to prevent further transmission, reduce the negative impacts of the outbreak and...

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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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Balochistan Province of Pakistan is moving ahead for saving newborns

Background For the last few decades, Pakistan has struggled to decrease its neonatal mortality rate (NMR), which at present stands at 42 per 1,000  live births, with clear disparities across urban vs rural, provincial and wealth quintiles. In the Balochistan province, Maternal and Newborn Health (MNCH) indicators remain poor. The...

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