New global targets to prevent maternal deaths (WHO)

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This article was originally published by the World Health Organization.  Access to a ‘continuum of care’ needed, before, during and after pregnancy and childbirth. Today the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNFPA launched five critical targets to help countries get back on track in reducing preventable maternal deaths, and for tracking progress against the Sustainable … Continued

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

Coronavirus: Health system overload threatens pregnant women and newborns

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This article was originally published by the UN News The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 116 million babies have been born since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and on Thursday called for governments to maintain lifesaving services for pregnant women and newborns that are under increasing threat from strained health services and supply … Continued

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

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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

Infant Deaths Not One Hospital’s Problem. Here’s Why Infants Continue To Die Across India.

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This article was originally published by IndiaSpend Since December 1, 2019, over 500 infant deaths were reported from just six government hospitals in Rajasthan and Gujarat. In Rajasthan, over 101 infants died in Kota’s JK Lon Hospital, 102 died in Jodhpur’s Umaid and MDM hospitals, and 124 in Bikaner’s Sardar Patel Medical College in the … Continued

More pregnant women and children protected from malaria, but accelerated efforts and funding needed to reinvigorate global response, WHO report shows

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This article was originally published by Reliefweb The number of pregnant women and children in sub-Saharan Africa sleeping under insecticide-treated bed nets and benefiting from preventive medicine for malaria has increased significantly in recent years, according to the World Health Organization’s World malaria report 2019. However, accelerated efforts are needed to reduce infections and deaths … Continued

Malaria progress stall continues, but more pregnant women and kids protected

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This article was originally published by CIDRAP Though progress against malaria continues to stall, mainly due to funding gaps, the World Health Organization (WHO) in its annual report today highlighted a promising development: more pregnant women and children were protected against the disease. In the report, based on 2018 data, the WHO estimates there were … Continued

Antenatal care in Kenya needs improvement

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This article was originally published on The Conversation Maternal and neonatal mortality has remained high in low-resource settings despite progress in recent years. The estimated maternal mortality ratio in Kenya is 342 per 100,000 live births, a startling 18 times the rate in the United States. High quality prenatal care can address these high levels … Continued

Could adding folic acid to salt curb Ethiopia’s sky-high rate of spinal cord deformities?

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This article was originally posted on ScienceMag By Meredith Wadman Tony Magana, chief of neurosurgery at Mekelle University School of Medicine in Ethiopia’s Tigray province, confronts his country’s high prevalence of neural tube defects nearly every day. His team operates on more than 400 babies annually to repair these severe, often lethal birth malformations, in … Continued

Maternal and newborn health improves in rural Nigeria, Ethiopia and India but inequities still exist

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This article was originally published by EurekAlert referring to the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) Community-based health programs in parts of rural Nigeria, Ethiopia and India were successful in improving health care for mothers and newborns, but inequities still exist, according to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). “Our findings have both … Continued