Nigeria: Health minister, Delta Governor say rising rates of maternal, infant mortality unacceptable

The Guardian (Nigeria) Nigeria HNN Admin

This article was originally published in The Guardian (Nigeria) here. The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday decried the “rising and unprecedented” rates of maternal and infant mortality in the country, and declared that the trend was “simply unacceptable”. The duo spoke at the opening ceremony of the … Continued

Ministry of Health of Rwanda, Society for Family Health Rwanda and Abbott Launch Pioneering Model of Primary Health Care Service Delivery

PR Newswire Rwanda HNN Admin

This article was originally published by PR Newswire here. New initiative will provide vital primary care services within a 30-minute walk of all Rwandans’ homes. Health post workers will test and treat pregnant women for multiple infectious diseases that can have serious health consequences for both mothers and newborns if not diagnosed and treated early. … Continued

Gavi sets US$7.4 billion replenishment target

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This article was originally published in The Lancet here. By Ann Danaiya Usher In the next 5 years, Gavi aims to vaccinate 300 million children and will have a greater focus on building primary health-care systems. Ann Danaiya Usher reports. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance—a donor-financed alliance of public and private sector contributors that was established … Continued

WHO Director-General calls on world leaders to support Universal Health Coverage high-level meeting

WHO HNN Admin

This article was originally published by the World Health Organization here. Statement by Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus I have just returned from a visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to review the response to the Ebola outbreak. I was reminded once again that Ebola is just one symptom … Continued

Charity by name and nature: Malawi’s extraordinary midwife

Al-Jazeera Malawi HNN Admin

This article was originally published in Al-Jazeera here. By Rabson Kondowe It is a busy mid-morning at Achikondi Women’s Clinic in Area 23, a township in Malawi‘s capital city Lilongwe, and Glory Honde is holding her healthy baby girl in a blanket. She gave birth here three months ago and is back to have her daughter weighed. … Continued

Uganda leading groundbreaking research for newborn deaths in hospitals

The Independent (Uganda) Uganda HNN Admin

This article was originally published in The Independent (Uganda) here. Researchers in Uganda are conducting a trial to determine the mortality benefits and cost-effectiveness of kangaroo mother care (KMC) among ill infants weighing 2000 grams or less. KMC is a method of care of preterm infants that involves skin-to-skin contact with the mother or another … Continued

Infected travelers reveal Cuba’s ‘hidden’ Zika outbreak

Science HNN Admin

This article was originally published in Science here. By Jon Cohen As Zika virus raced through the Americas and the Caribbean in 2015 and 2016, it infected an estimated 800,000 people and left nearly 4000 newborns with serious brain damage. But by mid-2017, the virus had all but disappeared from the region—or so it seemed. … Continued

CSO calls for return of free antenatal service in Gombe

Nigerian Tribune Nigeria HNN Admin

This article was originally published in Nigerian Tribune here. By Ishola Michael A Gombe based Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Network for Maternal and Newborn Child Health Initiative, (NMNCHI), has appealed to the Gombe State Government to revive the free antenatal services in order to promote family health. The call was made by the Chairman of … Continued

Babies in the dark

UNFPA Bangladesh HNN Admin

This article originally appeared on UNFPA’s website here. The old lady walks rapidly through the refugee camp outside Cox’s Bazar in southern Bangladesh. Everyone recognises her, many shouting “Hello grandma, what is your news?” She likes to walk fast, just like she likes to talk fast. She stops in front of houses with pregnant women, … Continued

In Nashik, colour-coded bedsheets are protecting newborns

The Indian Express India HNN Admin

This article originally appeared in The Indian Express here. By Anuradha Mascarenhas. If it’s Monday, the color code for bedsheets at Nashik civil hospital’s special newborn care unit (SNCU) is yellow, if it’s Tuesday, the sheets are pink, and so on for each day of the week. This simple measure ensures that the bedsheets have … Continued