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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Time to identify women exposed to intimate partner violence in antenatal settings

By Dr Rishi Caleyachetty Up till now, research on the health impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) has primarily focused on gynaecological and sexual health outcomes (e.g., unwanted and unplanned pregnancies, miscarriages, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection), psychiatric disorders (e.g., depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety) (1) and substance...

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Understanding the causes of preterm birth: solutions depend on context

This blog was originally published as a commentary in The Lancet Global Health here. An estimated 14.8 million babies are born preterm every year, before 37 completed weeks of gestation.1 Of these, around a million die because of direct complications,2 another 912 000 have mild to severe neurodevelopmental impairment, and many...

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