Updated WHO recommendations for malaria chemoprevention among children and pregnant women (WHO)

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This article was published by the World Health Organization. WHO has updated it recommendations for 3 key malaria prevention strategies: seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC), perennial malaria chemoprevention (PMC – previously known as intermittent preventive treatment in infants, or IPTi) and intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp). When given to the young children and pregnant women who … Continued

WHO urges quality care for women and newborns in critical first weeks after childbirth (WHO)

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This article was published by WHO. New recommendations stress urgency of both physical and mental health support in postnatal period GENEVA, 30th March 2022 The World Health Organization (WHO) today launched its first ever global guidelines to support women and newborns in the postnatal period – the first six weeks after birth. This is a … Continued

Latest child mortality estimates reveal world remains off track to meeting Sustainable Development Goals (WHO)

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This article was originally published by the World Health Organization.  New report by the UN IGME reveals an urgent need to invest in strengthening data systems to track newborn and child health and mortality in low- and middle-income countries, two thirds of which have had no reliable mortality data in the past three years. The world remains … Continued

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

COVID-19 pandemic leads to major backsliding on childhood vaccinations, new WHO, UNICEF data shows

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This article was originally published by the World Health Organization.  23 million children missed out on basic childhood vaccines through routine health services in 2020, the highest number since 2009 and 3.7 million more than in 2019 15 July 2021 l News release l Geneva/New York l Reading time: 5 min (1353 words) 23 million children missed … 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

New toolkit aims to improve global birth defects surveillance

This article was originally published by WHO.  Birth defects or congenital anomalies are an invisible tragedy around the world. Every year an estimated 295 000 newborns die due to congenital anomalies during the first 28 days of life. The most common, severe congenital anomalies are heart defects, neural tube defects and Down’s syndrome. Congenital anomalies … Continued

World Health Assembly charts course for COVID-19 response and global health priorities

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This article was originally published by the World Health Organization.  As health leaders prepare to gather for a virtual session of the resumed 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA), WHO has three messages to share. First, we can beat COVID-19 with science, solutions and solidarity. More than 47 million COVID-19 cases have now been reported to WHO, … Continued

Steroids boost survival of preterm babies in low-resource settings, new study finds

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This article was originally published by WHO.  Accurate pregnancy dating and quality care combined with the steroids are key to survival The results of a new clinical trial, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that dexamethasone—a glucocorticoid used to treat many conditions, including rheumatic problems and severe COVID-19— can boost survival of … Continued