Vaccines: 2018 immunization coverage estimates

WHO

New data from WHO and UNICEF reveals that 20 million children worldwide – more than 1 in 10 – missed out on life-saving vaccines such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus in 2018. Most of these children, over 40 per cent, live in 16 countries that are fragile or affected by conflict. These latest estimates of … Continued

Cut off from care in flooded Zimbabwe, pregnant women airlifted to safety

UNFPA Zimbabwe HNN Admin

This article was originally published on UNFPA’s website here. HARARE, Zimbabwe – Chioniso Mutenda, 18 years old and nine months pregnant, lies on a bed in Mutambara Mission Hospital’s maternity waiting home. She is tired but relieved. Until recently, her safety and health were not assured. Just weeks ago, she survived Cyclone Idai, one of … Continued

Liberia: Newborn Mortality Rate Up At 1,072 per 100K Lives

Daily Observer (Liberia) Liberia HNN Admin

This news article was originally published in Daily Observer (Liberia) here. Liberia ranks the 7th globally, 3rd in Africa for maternal and newborn mortality Liberia’s newborn babies death rate is among the highest in the world, increased from 997/100,000 (997 deaths per 100,000 live births) to 1,072/100,000 (1,072 deaths per 100,000 live births). In order … Continued

Creating a haven for quality primary care in Niger State, Nigeria: The Fuka example

Nigeria Health Watch Nigeria HNN Admin

This article was originally published on Nigeria Health Watch here. On a cold drizzling morning in Fuka village, Munya local government area (LGA), Niger State, three-day-old Oscar has just been bathed and dressed by his grandmother. He looks healthy in his sweater and lies comfortably in his mother’s arms. Twenty-three-year-old Mary, his mother, had just … Continued

Indian engineer wins Innovation Award in UK for neonatal breathing device

The Times of India HNN Admin

This article was originally published in The Times of India here. An Indian engineer whose low-cost neonatal breathing device has saved the lives of new-born babies across small towns of India, has won the 2019 Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Award in London. Nitesh Kumar Jangir, who created Saans as a breathing support device … Continued

One woman and six newborns die every two hours from complications during pregnancy or childbirth in Yemen

UNICEF Yemen HNN Admin

This article was originally published on the UNICEF website here. One woman and six newborns die every two hours in Yemen from complications during pregnancy or childbirth, UNICEF said in the first of a series of short snapshots on maternal and newborn health in Yemen. “Bringing life into the world in Yemen can all too … Continued

Nigeria: Kogi governor initiates free healthcare service for pregnant women

PM News Nigeria Nigeria HNN Admin

This article was originally published on PM News Nigeria here. Gov. Yahaya Bello, of Kogi, has initiated free healthcare services for pregnant women as part of efforts to tackle the rising rates of maternal and infant mortality. Bello, at the inaugural ceremony of the service in Anyigba, Dekina Local Government Area, said that its aim … Continued

This JHU team is developing tools to assess newborn health

Technically Baltimore Bangladesh, Uganda HNN Admin

This news item originally appeared in Technically Baltimore here. A team from Johns Hopkins’ Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID) will be among the finalists presenting prototypes in D.C. as part of an event putting a spotlight on the role of hardware in social innovation. The NeMo Asssessment System, which has been in development … Continued

In Peru, Baby Formula Reps Target Doctors In Low-Income Community Despite Decades-Old Ban

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Peru HNN Admin

This article was originally posted on the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health website here. Study suggests new mothers in Lima’s Villa El Salvador are 10 times more likely to abandon exclusively breastfeeding if doctor recommends formula. A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that baby formula … Continued

Three in four Rohingya refugee babies are born in unsanitary bamboo shelters

Save the Children Bangladesh HNN Admin

Save the Children estimates after assessment in community of 20,000 expectant mothers need access to proper maternal care, says Save the Children FAIRFIELD, Conn. (June 3, 2019)—An estimated 75 percent of Rohingya babies are born in the unsafe and unsanitary bamboo shelters in which refugees live, based on an assessment by Save the Children. Home … Continued