WHO advises immediate skin to skin care for survival of small and preterm babies

World Health Organization HNN Team

This news release is taken from WHO. WHO today launched new guidelines to improve survival and health outcomes for babies born early (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) or small (under 2.5kg at birth). The guidelines advise that skin to skin contact with a caregiver – known as kangaroo mother care – should start immediately after birth, without … Continued

Staggering backsliding across women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health revealed in new UN analysis

World Health Organization HNN Team

This article was originally published by the World Health Organization. COVID-19, conflict, climate crises exacerbate setbacks for childhood and adolescent prospects, women’s rights A new UN report shows that women’s and children’s health has suffered globally, as the impacts of conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change converge with devastating effects on prospects for children, … Continued

WABA World Breastfeeding Week 2022 Press Release

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action HNN Team

This press release was developed and published by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. “It takes a village to raise a child. Parents face a multitude of challenges in providing the best care for their child, during the antenatal, labour and delivery, as well as postnatal periods. Ongoing care for the child is also vital … Continued

COVID-19 pandemic fuels largest continued backslide in vaccinations in three decades (WHO, UNICEF)

WHO News HNN Team

This article was published by the World Health Organization. WHO and UNICEF sound the alarm as new data shows global vaccination coverage continued to decline in 2021, with 25 million infants missing out on lifesaving vaccines The largest sustained decline in childhood vaccinations in approximately 30 years has been recorded in official data published today by WHO … Continued

Updated WHO recommendations for malaria chemoprevention among children and pregnant women (WHO)

WHO News HNN Team

This article was published by the World Health Organization. WHO has updated it recommendations for 3 key malaria prevention strategies: seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC), perennial malaria chemoprevention (PMC – previously known as intermittent preventive treatment in infants, or IPTi) and intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp). When given to the young children and pregnant women who … Continued

WHO urges quality care for women and newborns in critical first weeks after childbirth (WHO)

WHO HNN Team

This article was published by WHO. New recommendations stress urgency of both physical and mental health support in postnatal period GENEVA, 30th March 2022 The World Health Organization (WHO) today launched its first ever global guidelines to support women and newborns in the postnatal period – the first six weeks after birth. This is a … Continued

The latest climate report includes a new focus on pregnant people. One of its authors explains why (The 19th)

The 19th HNN Team

This article was published by the 19th.  “Heat, air pollution and natural disasters all have been shown to impact maternal and fetal health. Climate and health expert Kristie Ebi says we can take more measures to protect those affected.” This article highlights a new section of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, April … Continued

Brazilian babies born with Zika virus syndrome at greater risk of death in first three years of life than those born without (LSHTM)

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) News Brazil HNN Team

This article was originally published by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).  New study highlights urgent need for women of childbearing age to be protected from bites, and early intervention to improve babies’ chances of survival. Babies born with congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), due to infection with the Zika virus during pregnancy, are … Continued

Latest child mortality estimates reveal world remains off track to meeting Sustainable Development Goals (WHO)

WHO News HNN Team

This article was originally published by the World Health Organization.  New report by the UN IGME reveals an urgent need to invest in strengthening data systems to track newborn and child health and mortality in low- and middle-income countries, two thirds of which have had no reliable mortality data in the past three years. The world remains … Continued

Why it’s so hard to treat pain in infants (National Geographic)

National Geographic HNN Team

This article was originally published by National Geographic.  BY SHARON GUYNUP PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 11, 2021 “For decades physicians believed that premature babies didn’t experience pain. Here’s what doctors know now – and the innovative solutions being embraced by today’s caregivers. Doctors once believed that infants—especially premature babies—did not feel pain, and if they did, they would … Continued