Series 2, episode 1- In Ebonyi and Kogi states, health workers learn quality improvement skills on top of clinical skills, and are improving quality of care on the day of birth

Quality Talks Nigeria HNN Admin

Over 90 health facilities in the Eboni and Kogi states of Nigeria have joined a quality improvement initiative to improve the quality of care for women and newborn on the day of birth. In just two years, they have seen massive improvement in some of the key clinical practices such as managing post-partum haemorrhage, resuscitating … Continued

Ebola in Congo now infecting newborn babies, UN says

Associated Press Congo HNN Admin

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says a worrying number of the newest Ebola cases amid Congo’s ongoing outbreak are in patients not usually known to catch the disease: babies. In an update published this week, the U.N. health agency reported 36 new confirmed cases of Ebola, including seven in newborn babies and infants … Continued

Born Too Soon

FIGO HNN Admin

FIGO News Between 2000 and 2016 the global neonatal mortality rate fell by 39 percent, an enormous achievement. However, there is still a long way to go. This week, world-renowned experts in gynecology and obstetrics took another step forward, meeting with international political leaders for the Birth: Clinical Challenges in Labour and Delivery Congress on … Continued

Mothers in Cameroon Are Dying at Shocking Rates. The GFF Will Help Change That.

Global Citizen Cameroon HNN Admin

Despite investing more than its neighbors in sub-Saharan Africa on per-capita health spending, the country of Cameroon struggles to improve the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health of its people — but that’s about to change. Cameroon ranks 18th among the countries with the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. In 2015, there … Continued

Nine countries commit to halve maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities

WHO Bangladesh, India, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda, Nigeria

New WHO and UNICEF-supported network to improve care for mothers and babies On February 14 of 2017, 9 countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years. Through a new Network … Continued

In Nepal, a Monthly Exile for Women

New York Times Nepal

In remote western Nepal, where the Himalayas brush the sky, girls spend their childhoods as they have for generations, dreading growing up. Puberty starts a monthly exile. An entrenched, superstitious practice linked to Hinduism, Chaupadi, considers menstruating women impure and bad luck, rendering them untouchables. Menstruating women are banished, often to forests where they sleep … Continued

The Women of Rural Zambia Walk Miles to Give Birth

Vice Zambia HNN Admin

“I had to use a blanket to cover myself and the whole time I was worried an animal would come and take my baby.” Hariane hadn’t heard the expression “Life is about the journey, not the destination.” To this modest young mother living in rural Zambia, her life, and that of her newborn daughter, was very … Continued

NAST-PHL holds Science Legislative Forum on Folic acid

Youth For Health Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST-PHL)held a Science Legislative Forum (SLF) on Folic Acid last June 28, 2016 at Hotel Jen Manila. The forum organized by the Health Sciences Division of NAST-PHL was attended by delegates from concerned government agencies, congressional health committees, local and international non-government organizations (NGOs), … Continued

Community engagement key to maternal and neonatal health – study

New Vision Uganda

Findings from a four-year study (2012-2015) conducted by Makerere School of Public Health in Eastern Uganda have revealed a significant correlation between maternal health and community participation.