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.

Pakistan’s ranking in mother mortality rate falls further

Pakistan

The report said babies living in crowded and unhygienic slums lacked access to basic facilities such as safe drinking water, immunisation, mother and baby care during pregnancy and immediately after delivery, treatment for diarrhoea, pneumonia and other common illnesses.

The urban disadvantage: Pakistan slips in mother-child health ranking

Pakistan

The report suggests that measures such as effective data collection, quality health services, easy availability of contraceptives and proper neonatal care have proven to reduce child mortality around the world.

Pakistan: Lady health workers honoured

Pakistan

LHWs were honoured in acknowledgement of their dedicated services for improving Mother and Child Health and Primary Health Care in Punjab.

Oral Antibiotics Are Found to Save More Infant Lives

Nigeria, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, Kenya

“These results should provide a sound basis for policy makers and experts to now empower and train staff at first-level outpatient units and to ensure proper drugs and equipment are available,” said Dr. Steve Wall, an adviser to Save the Children.

Governments can prevent tragic death toll of mothers and babies

Nigeria, Nepal, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan

Governments could substantially reduce the tragic death toll of infants and mothers by making postnatal care services more accessible – especially to impoverished and poorly educated women in rural areas, according to a study.

UNFPA: In disasters, women are the backbone of resilience – Opinion

Guinea, Liberia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, United States of America

For women in particular, part of being safe during disasters — natural or otherwise — means ensuring safe birth, safety from unintended pregnancy, and safety from violence.

A $20 gadget that can save 70,000 mothers a year

India, Pakistan

Using a simple traffic-light system, it can also alert healthcare workers in rural communities when a pregnant woman’s blood pressure is dangerously high – ensuring that she can be moved to hospital for life-saving care.

Workshop on ‘Helping Babies Breathe’ held at LUMHS

Pakistan

The goal of the HBB initiative is to have at least one person skilled in neonatal resuscitation at the birth of every child.

Pakistan: Maternal, newborn health: ‘Speakers call for research-based action

Pakistan

Speakers at a two-day seminar stressed on the role of research-based evidence to action beyond 2015 in order to build better policies and practices related to maternal and newborn health in Pakistan.