How One Country Drastically Cut Its Newborn Death Rate

NPR Bangladesh HNN Admin

There were some glimmers of good news in an otherwise grim report released by UNICEF this week documenting the alarmingly high death rate of newborns worldwide: Bangladesh has managed to cut its newborn mortality rate from 64.2 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 20.1 per 1,000 today. That’s 1 in every 50 births. By comparison, … Continued

Displaced by crisis, South Sudan midwifery students focus on saving mothers

United Nations Population Fund South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan – Nyomon Lilian will never forget the day she decided to become a midwife. It was a few years ago, in her hometown of Kajo Keji, in South Sudan’s Equatoria region. She watched as her neighbour bled out after giving birth. The woman was rushed to the hospital, but it was too … Continued

Countdown to 2030 launches country and equity profiles

Malawi HNN Admin

13 December 2017 ¦ Lilongwe, Malawi – Countdown to 2030 launched its detailed country and equity profiles on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health for the 81 countries that account for 95% of all maternal deaths and 90% of all child deaths at the PMNCH Board meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi on 13 December. Malawi stands out … Continued

2 million Chinese mothers carry strep bacteria that can be fatal to newborns, study finds

South China Morning Post China, India HNN Admin

Nearly 2 million pregnant women in China are estimated to be carrying a strain of bacteria that can cause severe health problems or even prove fatal to newborn babies, according to an international study. The figure represents about 11 per cent of total annual births in China, and puts the country second globally in the … Continued

Postnatal depression less likely after winter or spring births

The Guardian HNN Admin

Study finds risk of postpartum depression among new mothers also affected by other factors such as length of pregnancy Women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely to suffer postnatal depression than at other times of year, a study has shown. Other factors affecting the risk of postnatal depression, also known as … Continued

30 Million newborns could die by 2030, UN study says

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The fight against child mortality worldwide is succeeding—but millions of kids are still dying from preventable diseases, malnutrition and a lack of access to adequate hygiene and sanitation. In 2016, the number of children who died before age 5 reached a new low: 5.6 million. That’s a devastating number—it comes to 15,000 kids dying before … Continued

Tanzania gallery: the struggle for life without water at the Nyarugusu Dispensary

The Guardian Tanzania, United Republic of HNN Admin

At Nyarugusu in the Geita district in north-west Tanzania, life is a constant struggle, one that is made infinitely harden by the absence of running water. Photographer Sameer Satchu travelled to the area and recorded these images of daily events at a medical facility, the Nyarugusu Dispensary, for Water Aid.

Why Did India Have Ten Million Fewer Childhood Deaths Than Predicted?

NPR HNN Admin

The study has a depressing name: The Million Death Study. But its latest set of data, published in the journal The Lancet on Wednesday, is anything but depressing when it comes to the topic of childhood deaths in India. India has the tragic distinction of being a world leader in childhood deaths. Between 2000 and 2015, the … Continued

How Mbale Regional Hospital reduced newborn mortality from 52 to 11% in under 3 years

Makarere University Centre of Excellence for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Uganda HNN Admin

Ms Barbara Auma (right) of Tororo would now be in her final two weeks of pregnancy but her baby came almost three months earlier, writes Kakaire Ayub Kirunda. Prior to her ‘delivery’ Barbara bled for two days and the attending doctor had already written off the viability of the pregnancy outcome, documenting it as an abortion. … Continued

Better data and health worker training may cut stillbirths: study

The Hindu Business Line India HNN Admin

Stillbirth, which is defined as a baby born without life at or after 28 weeks gestation, is one of the major problems facing the health sector across the world. It is estimated that about 26 lakh stillbirths occurred globally every year and India accounted for the largest proportion with 5.9 lakh cases. While the number … Continued