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

Caesarean section rates continue to rise, amid growing inequalities in access: WHO

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This article was originally published by the World Health Organization.  Rising rates suggest increasing numbers of medically unnecessary, potentially harmful procedures According to new research from the World Health Organization (WHO), caesarean section use continues to rise globally, now accounting for more than 1 in 5 (21%) of all childbirths. This number is set to continue … Continued

Why we need to focus on quality care for women and newborns

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This article was originally published by the World Health Organization.  4 May 2021 l Departmental news l Reading time: 2 min (606 words)   Each year, between 5.7 and 8.4 million people are dying due to poor quality care in low- and middle-income countries, accounting for up to 15 percent of their overall deaths. Lost productivity due … Continued

To deliver tech solutions in delivery rooms, donors look to distribution

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This article was originally published by Devex By Catherine Cheney SAN FRANCISCO — One million newborns die every year in Africa, and 80% of these deaths are preventable with technologies that have been available for 50 years in the U.S., according to Dr. Queen Dube, a pediatrician at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. … Continued

100,000 newborn lives saved since 2018

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This article was originally published by UNICEF South Asia is making progress in saving the lives of newborn babies. Since 2018, an additional 100,000 newborn lives have been saved in South Asia. This is because of progress made in expanding access to, quality and utilization of newborn health services. Despite this positive progress, however, the … 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

Over 900 Infants Died In One Hospital In India In 2019. What Went Wrong?

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This story was originally published by NPR By Kamala Thiagarajan In December 2019 and in the first week of January, 104 infants died in a government-run hospital in Kota, a city in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. And in one 48-hour period in mid-December at the J.K. Lon Maternal and Child Hospital, there were … Continued

Doctors rush to Indian town where children have been dying

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This article was originally published by ABC News NEW DELHI — India’s health ministry on Friday rushed a team of pediatricians and other medical experts to a western Indian town where more than 100 children have reportedly died in a government-run hospital in the past month. India’s Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the experts will … Continued

Maternal, newborn health at risk in KP’s Shangla due to unregistered clinics, unqualified medics

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This article was originally posted on DAWN In November, Attaur Rehman’s 34-year-old sister, who was a mother of six, went into labour. In an effort to get her immediate medical attention, her husband rushed her to a basic health unit where a lady health visitor (LHV) was assigned the case. Recounting his sister’s ordeal, Rehman … Continued