Share Your Population-based Data on Stillbirths and/or Intrapartum Stillbirths!

The estimated 2.6 million stillbirths in 2015 form an important part of the unfinished agenda for maternal and newborn health in the SDG era. The Every Newborn Action Plan and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health both call for stronger evidence to accelerate the progress to prevent...

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#ManyBirthDefects1Voice: Join World Birth Defects Day 2019

March 3, 2019 marks the fifth annual World Birth Defects Day. More than 150 organizations, including March of Dimes, are officially joining the movement to raise awareness and action for more surveillance, prevention, research, and care for babies and children affected by birth defects. Among them are many parent organizations...

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Awareness as the first step to prevention: prenatal infection and stillbirth

A post from the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group stillbirths series by Amy Perhach Over and over again, Group B Strep International (GBSI) hears the stories of mothers who have experienced loss caused by infections they had never heard of or that they were told were no big deal. According to...

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From invisibility to visibility: Global initiatives make progress in incorporating stillbirths into their publications

A post from the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group stillbirths series by Paula Quigley In 2016, The Lancet’s Ending preventable stillbirth series presented a call to action to end preventable stillbirths by 2030. One simple action was for global partners to appropriately integrate stillbirths in women’s and children’s health initiatives, action...

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Action not acronyms!: Prioritise integrated, contextually appropriate quality improvement tools with the health workers in focus

In much of Sub Saharan Africa, maternal and newborn care is provided by frontline staff in rural health facilities, characterized by a lack of resources and limited senior support. A plethora of well-intended Quality Improvement (QI) projects, often overlapping in scope but with distinct methodologies, may overwhelm and confuse rather...

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