Observed International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day

Improving Newborn Survival, a Save the Children project funded by Johnson & Johnson to help reduce neonatal mortality in Bangladesh, marked International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day on May 15 in supported heath facilities by highlighting the consequences of premature and low birth weight (LBW) newborns and how Kangaroo Mother Care...

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Low birth weight: will the new estimates accelerate progress?

Blog adapted from a comment in The Lancet Global Health here Birth weight is an important gauge of maternal and fetal health as well as an important determinant of perinatal, neonatal and postneonatal outcomes. Approximately 80% of newborns who die every year are low birth weight (LBW), under 2500 g,...

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Improving and Incorporating New Supervision Tools for Newborn Health in Bangladesh

In 2013, the Government of Bangladesh signaled its commitment to newborn health through A Promise Renewed: Child Survival Call to Action that scaled up Helping Babies Breathe nationally. The commitment endorsed four new interventions: Chlorhexidine as part of essential newborn care, appropriate use of antenatal corticosteroid and kangaroo mother care...

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Monitoring the quality of care for Nigerian mothers and newborns using DHIS2

Gombe State in northeastern Nigeria bears a very high burden of maternal and neonatal mortality, with mortality rates estimated at 576 per 100,000 live births and 37 per 1,000 live births, respectively. In an effort to address this problem, the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency is committed to...

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Equitable access to human milk: A vital solution that lacks global standards

Access to safe blood and blood products has long been considered an essential part of effective health care systems. Identified as a crucial part of life-saving treatments and therapies, a global regulatory framework and supportive programs exist to ensure high standards for collection, safety, storage, and appropriate and ethical use...

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