Expansion of the Saving Maternal and Newborn Lives in Refugee Settings Project (Cameroon, Niger, Chad): Summary of Baseline Assessment

Relief Web Cameroon, Chad, Niger HNN Admin

Access to quality health services is essential for women and newborns in refugee contexts. In times of conflict, displacement, or humanitarian emergency, neonatal and maternal health is often compromised and the availability of maternal, newborn, and family planning services becomes even more important. In line with UNHCR’s mandate and with support from the Bill and … Continued

Failure to register newborns leaves millions ‘invisible’ warns UN Children’s Fund

UN News India, Ethiopia, Zambia, Chad, Nepal, Bangladesh HNN Admin

This article was originally posted on UN News   UNICEF reports that the births of one in four children under-five, or some 166 million children globally, have never been officially recorded. Too many children are “slipping through the cracks,” said Henrietta Fore, the agency’s Executive Director: “A child not registered at birth is invisible – nonexistent … Continued

With Help From UNICEF and Partners, Chad Eliminates MNT

UNICEF Chad HNN Admin

Wonderful news for newborns and mothers in Chad, and everyone who cares about them: Maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) has been declared eliminated in Chad. On behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Jean-Bosco Ndihokubwayo, WHO Representative in Chad, presented the official certificate of merit to Chad’s Minister of Public Health, Mahamet Aziz Saleh, … Continued

Countries taking bold steps to end preventable newborn deaths within a generation; framework for ending maternal mortality released

Ethiopia, Nigeria, Chad, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Mali, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe

Countries are taking bold steps to end preventable newborn deaths within a generation. Additionally, a framework for ending maternal mortality has been released.

A New Partnership to Protect Mothers and Newborns in the Midst of the Ebola Outbreak

Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Tanzania, United Republic of, Togo

Jhpiego is partnering with the Society of African Gynecologists and Obstetricians (SAGO) to expand and reinforce Ebola preparedness training for frontline health workers across West Africa in the event the virus outbreak spreads further in the region.

Breastfeeding is the cheapest and most effective life-saver in history – UNICEF

Cambodia, Chad, China, Indonesia, Somalia

Despite the well documented benefits of breastfeeding worldwide, only 39 per cent of children aged less than six months were exclusively breastfed in 2012. This global figure has improved very little for the past several decades.

A Free Miracle Food!

Chad, Ghana, Mali, Niger, United States of America

New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof writes about breastfeeding and undernutrition in Mali.  

DR Congo toughest place for mothers – Save the Children

Nigeria, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, India, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Central African Republic, United States of America

The charity compared factors such as maternal health, child mortality, education and income in 176 countries. 

Newborn deaths reduce by 1.3 million in two decades but will take Africa 150 years to reach US/UK newborn survival levels – Study

Angola, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Sierra Leone

The first week of life is considered as the riskiest week for newborns but yet many countries are only just beginning postnatal care programmes to reach mothers and babies at this critical time

Children Five Times More Likely to Die in Countries Hit by Health Worker Crisis, Save the Children Finds

Chad, Somalia

A new index by Save the Children has ranked the best and worst countries for a child to fall sick in — with Chad and Somalia at the bottom and Switzerland and Finland at the top.  The bottom-ranked countries on the new index have extreme health worker shortages.