Enhancing health outcomes for pregnant women and newborns in developing countries has been a key policymaking goal over the last 20 years, but progress has been stubbornly slow. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 300,000 women die each year from complications in pregnancy and childbirth, while 2.5...Read More
Deprived of oxygen but full of life – how can we support African children affected by neonatal encephalopathy?
Somewhere in a small community clinic in Uganda a baby girl is born. Her mother waits for her first cry…but from Nadia there is no sound...no cry...no breath. Her labour has been long and difficult and Nadia’s brain has been starved of oxygen. Many others like her would be stillborn,...Read More
When Tulsa Naik gives birth, her child will be one of more than 25 million babies born in India this year. Already the mother of a two-year-old daughter, she and her husband, Hrudananda, know this will be a joyful time in their family’s life. But in Odisha, the eastern Indian...Read More
In Pakistan, one baby in every 22 dies during its first month of life. This is the world’s highest rate of newborn mortality and a distressing statistic to which stillborn babies must be added. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides maternal and child healthcare services in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, near...Read More
Abeir Mohammed* sits at the foot of her mother's mud-brick house in Sawan, east of Yemen's capital Sanaa. She struggles as she searches for the words to describe the loss of her unborn child due to toxoplasmosis in July, this year. Usually preventable, toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a...Read More