International Women’s Health Organisations Recognise World Patient Safety Day

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This statement was originally published by FIGO, International Federation of Genecology and Obstetrics. FIGO Joint Statement (English, French, Spanish) You can still sign on to this statement as an individual or organisation. Visit this page to make your commitment. Today, our organisations – which represent specialists in obstetrics and gynaecology around the world – come together to … Continued

Nearly one in five babies in Brazil born ‘small’ and at risk of early childhood death

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This article was originally published by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. New identification of small vulnerable newborns at higher risk of mortality could be a step towards preventing neonatal deaths. 18% of babies born in Brazil over seven years were born ‘small’ –  either preterm, small for gestational age (SGA) or with … Continued

COVID-19 pandemic leads to major backsliding on childhood vaccinations, new WHO, UNICEF data shows

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This article was originally published by the World Health Organization.  23 million children missed out on basic childhood vaccines through routine health services in 2020, the highest number since 2009 and 3.7 million more than in 2019 15 July 2021 l News release l Geneva/New York l Reading time: 5 min (1353 words) 23 million children missed … Continued

Why we need to focus on quality care for women and newborns

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This article was originally published by the World Health Organization.  4 May 2021 l Departmental news l Reading time: 2 min (606 words)   Each year, between 5.7 and 8.4 million people are dying due to poor quality care in low- and middle-income countries, accounting for up to 15 percent of their overall deaths. Lost productivity due … Continued

New toolkit aims to improve global birth defects surveillance

This article was originally published by WHO.  Birth defects or congenital anomalies are an invisible tragedy around the world. Every year an estimated 295 000 newborns die due to congenital anomalies during the first 28 days of life. The most common, severe congenital anomalies are heart defects, neural tube defects and Down’s syndrome. Congenital anomalies … Continued

World Health Assembly charts course for COVID-19 response and global health priorities

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This article was originally published by the World Health Organization.  As health leaders prepare to gather for a virtual session of the resumed 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA), WHO has three messages to share. First, we can beat COVID-19 with science, solutions and solidarity. More than 47 million COVID-19 cases have now been reported to WHO, … Continued

Steroids boost survival of preterm babies in low-resource settings, new study finds

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This article was originally published by WHO.  Accurate pregnancy dating and quality care combined with the steroids are key to survival The results of a new clinical trial, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that dexamethasone—a glucocorticoid used to treat many conditions, including rheumatic problems and severe COVID-19— can boost survival of … Continued

Marketing of breastmilk substitutes during the COVID-19 pandemic

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This article was originally published by The Lancet By Christoffer van Tulleken, Charlotte Wright, Amy Brown, David McCoy and Anthony Costello It is of concern that the US$70 billion infant formula industry has been actively exploiting concerns about COVID-19 to increase sales, in violation of the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (the … Continued

One stillbirth occurs every 16 seconds, according to first ever joint UN estimates

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This article was originally published by the World Health Organization Almost 2 million babies are stillborn every year – or 1 every 16 seconds – according to the first ever joint stillbirth estimates released by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank Group and the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The vast majority of stillbirths, … Continued

New findings confirm global disruptions in essential health services for women and children from COVID-19

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This article was originally published by the GFF    Health impacts of lockdowns, economic losses in poor nations require targeted action and vigilance to save lives and protect against a worsening crisis.  September 18, 2020 – Essential health services for women and children in many lower-income countries are being disrupted by COVID-19, according to new findings … Continued