Maldives eliminates mother-to-child transmission of HIV, Syphilis

WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia HNN Admin

This article was originally published on WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia’s website here. Maldives has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, joining first few countries in the world to ensure a generation free of these deadly diseases, World Health Organization said today. “This commendable achievement has been made possible by strong political commitment, … Continued

WHO publishes new estimates on congenital syphilis

World Health Organization HNN Admin

Global decrease but cases remain high, causing 200 000 stillbirths and newborn deaths every year 27 February 2019: New estimates published today show that there were more than half a million (around 661,000) total cases of congenital syphilis in 2016, resulting in over 200,000 stillbirths and neonatal deaths. Syphilis is one of the most common … Continued

Would you feed your child with another woman’s breast milk?

Standard Media Kenya HNN Admin

While wet nursing is not a new phenomenon among Kenyan societies, the concept of pooling milk together in a bank is. Women from religious history would breastfeed the children of other women but this would be directly from the breast. Moses of the Bible times and Prophet Mohammed of the Quran both had wet nurses. … Continued

Trained midwives provide healthcare to Rohingya women

Dhaka Tribune Bangladesh HNN Admin

BRAC University is providing a three-year course to train midwives to improve maternal and neonatal health services in Bangladesh Scores of midwives are working in the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar to ensure health security, deliver babies and help young mothers. About 148 midwives, who completed a diploma course under the Developing Midwives Project from … Continued

Call to action to improve the health of women, children and adolescents worldwide

The 15 papers, co-authored by WHO, outline the current evidence, identify successes as well as critical gaps in progress, and highlight key priorities to end preventable deaths and build resilient and prosperous societies.

WHO validates elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Cuba

HNN Admin

Cuba has became the first country in the world to receive validation from WHO that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

Uganda’s capital blazes a trail in cutting child deaths, charity says – TRFN

Cambodia, Rwanda, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda

Kisenyi health centre in Kampala, which delivers 600 babies a month, symbolises the shift in Uganda which has seen the country invest more money in the healthcare system to make it accessible for the poorest, Save the Children said.

A Call To Action – Investing In Reproductive Health Saves Lives And Money

Women and girls who are able to plan their births and stay healthy are better able to complete their education, participate more fully and productively in the labour force, accumulate higher household savings, and raise healthier and better educated children.

In Africa, Myths, Superstitions About Childbirth Endanger Mothers and Babies

South Africa

“I kept the pregnancy secret as long as I could. I only visited the doctor when only I was seven months pregnant,” said Mohape. Mohape believes that revealing a pregnancy early could be extremely dangerous.

India Slashes Healthcare Budget by Almost a Fifth

India

The finance ministry, headed by Arun Jaitley, has ordered the cut in spending overriding the protests of the health ministry at a recent meeting, according to Reuters.