Nearly one in five babies in Brazil born ‘small’ and at risk of early childhood death

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine News (website) Brazil HNN_Admin

This article was originally published by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. New identification of small vulnerable newborns at higher risk of mortality could be a step towards preventing neonatal deaths. 18% of babies born in Brazil over seven years were born ‘small’ –  either preterm, small for gestational age (SGA) or with … Continued

Detección temprana de discapacidad

Fundación Saldarriaga Concha Colombia HNN Admin

This article was originally published by Fundación Saldarriaga Concha here. Este artículo fue publicado originalmente por la Fundación Saldarriaga Concha aquí. El presidente Iván Duque presentó la Ley de tamizaje neonatal, con la cual se establece que a todo recién nacido vivo se le realizará mínimamente un tamizaje neonatal básico, auditivo y visual, y progresivamente, … Continued

Why is it difficult to interview young fathers about fatherhood, and why is it important that we keep trying?

Young Lives Peru, Ethiopia, Zambia, India HNN Admin

This article was originally published by Young Lives Many researchers hesitate to share difficulties experienced in fieldwork in case the credibility of field teams or of the research findings is called into question. I believe that sharing our experiences will contribute to better research, and therefore benefit all those involved and invested in the research. … Continued

Birth defects registries expanding in Latin America

PAHO/WHO HNN Admin

This article was originally published by PAHO here. Twelve Latin American countries already monitor children who are born with congenital birth defects in order to better understand why and how often they occur, and how the survival and quality of life of these children can be improved. Birth defects are the second leading cause of … Continued

Hundreds of heavily pregnant Venezuelan women seek treatment at Save the Children Colombian border clinic

Save the Children Colombia HNN Admin

This content was originally published on Save the Children’s website here. BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – hundreds of at-risk heavily pregnant Venezuelan women have sought treatment at Save the Children’s Emergency Health Unit clinic on the Colombia border. Since opening at the start of April, 792 Venezuelan women have travelled to the clinic to receive pre and … Continued

In Peru, Baby Formula Reps Target Doctors In Low-Income Community Despite Decades-Old Ban

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Peru HNN Admin

This article was originally posted on the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health website here. Study suggests new mothers in Lima’s Villa El Salvador are 10 times more likely to abandon exclusively breastfeeding if doctor recommends formula. A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that baby formula … Continued

Portable kit to treat babies with jaundice goes on trial in Peru

The Guardian Peru HNN Admin

Health workers in a remote province high in the Peruvian Andes are trialling a revolutionary method to treat babies with jaundice – with nothing more than a colour-coded ruler, blood reader and carrycots. Their goal is to screen, diagnose and treat jaundice in 12,000 newborns over the next two years in a country where 90% … Continued

Kenya’s first human milk bank finally ready to save babies’ lives

Daily Nation Kenya, South Africa, Brazil HNN Admin

Had Alice Onyango given birth at another time, things would have been different. She would have had to express milk from her aching engorged breasts – the milk that her preterm baby had no energy to suckle – and pour it down the drain. But the mother of three gave birth last week at Pumwani … Continued

Breastfeeding a matter of human rights, say UN experts, urging action on formula milk

UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Breastfeeding is a human rights issue for babies and mothers and should be protected and promoted for the benefit of both, a group of United Nations experts says in a statement* made public today. States should take urgent action to stop the “misleading, aggressive and inappropriate” marketing of breast-milk substitutes in a multi-billion-dollar global industry.