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...Read More
Action not acronyms!: Prioritise integrated, contextually appropriate quality improvement tools with the health workers in focus
In much of Sub Saharan Africa, maternal and newborn care is provided by frontline staff in rural health facilities, characterized by a lack of resources and limited senior support. A plethora of well-intended Quality Improvement (QI) projects, often overlapping in scope but with distinct methodologies, may overwhelm and confuse rather...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
Around 1.06 million babies are born in Iraq every year. Unfortunately, about 15,000 babies die before completing one month of life, half of these succumb to complications of prematurity. A preterm is the baby born before completing at least 37 weeks of gestation, while a full- term baby is the...Read More
Importance of MPDSR Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) is a critical approach for improving quality of care for maternal and neonatal health. MPDSR is also instrumental to inform advocacy, policy, planning, service delivery and accountability towards ending preventable maternal and neonatal mortality. The practice of MPDSR facilitates...Read More