Acting on the Call: Everyone Needs to Play Their Part Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths within a Generation

Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths within a Generation This article was originally published on the Health Policy Plus Viewpoints blog. This past August, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ministers of health from 26 countries[1] took a major leap forward when they signed a ministerial declaration committing to end Preventable Maternal,...

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A Big Global Movement for the World’s Smallest Newborns

Delegates from 10 countries will gather in Blantyre, Malawi, October 24–26 to discuss how to accelerate the adoption of life-saving care for premature babies, especially increasing the adoption of kangaroo mother care, nutrition, and thermal care interventions. The Government of Malawi and other partners are hosting the fourth meeting of the Kangaroo Mother Care Acceleration Partnership (KAP). Participants will come from six “priority countries” chosen because of their high rates of premature birth and strong political will to take action. For the past three years, newborn health experts from these countries have been sharing research, program experience, and innovations and built a professional network through meetings, site visits, and an online platform. Delegates from four additional countries whose kangaroo mother care acceleration plans have recently gained momentum, are also attending.

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Members of a mother-to-mother support group in Kenya. (Courtesy of George Ndagu)

The breast and beyond: Improving feeding practices in Kenya

Originally published on MCSP. In Kenya, this year’s World Breastfeeding Week theme is intimately understood: “Breastfeeding – a key to sustainable development.” Sixty-one percent of Kenyan children less than six months of age are exclusively breastfed. And while many families have received the message that breastfeeding — if done within...

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