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...Read More
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...Read More
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...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
A post from the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group stillbirths series by Alka Dev In a country like Haiti, where 60% of women deliver at home, it is not uncommon that women find themselves in very risky situations if something starts to go wrong during labor or delivery. In rural areas...Read More