South Africa steps up its game to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV
This article was originally published on The Conversation South Africa’s prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme has achieved remarkable successes in recent years. It has improved the health and life expectancy for pregnant women living with HIV, and it has reduced the risk of transmission of the virus to their offspring. HIV can be transmitted during … Continued
Maldives eliminates mother-to-child transmission of HIV, Syphilis
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
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?
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
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
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
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
“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.