Africa: Innovating for Mothers Challenge launched to improve maternal and newborn health care in Senegal

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This article was originally published by All Africa DAKAR, SENEGAL (May 21st, 2020) — Reach for Change Senegal has launched a national competition called the “Innovating for Mothers Challenge” aimed at finding and supporting innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives for maternal and newborn health in Senegal that are ready to grow their impact. The Challenge has been … Continued

African leaders call for immediate action to save additional lives from malaria in the face of COVID-19

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This article was originally published by RBM   In response to mounting concerns around the impact of COVID-19 on malaria elimination efforts across the African continent, the African members of the End Malaria Council have released a joint statement and a four-pronged action plan calling on African and global leaders to act quickly to: protect the decades … Continued

Africa can’t let maternity care slide during the coronavirus pandemic

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This article was originally published by The Conversation Amid global commitments to defeat, or at least minimise, the pervasive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact on the African continent remains unclear. African governments have moved quickly to mobilise resources and strengthen their emergency preparedness and response capacities. But particular attention needs to be paid to the most … 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

Labor of love: Gill native describes spending the holiday season as a midwife in South Sudan

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This article was originally published by the Daily Hampshire Gazette By Maureen O’Reilly On Christmas Day last month, Elizabeth “Liza” Ramlow, of Gill, awoke eight hours ahead of her family in western Massachusetts. It wasn’t because she’s an earlier riser. Instead, eight time zones, the Atlantic Ocean and about half the continent of Africa separated … 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

New Project Aims to Increase First-Time Parents’ Access to Family Planning in Bangladesh and Tanzania

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Every year, over 13 million girls aged 15 to 19 give birth in low- and middle-income countries, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Many of these young mothers are married and first-time parents, and are often under family and community pressure to have a second child quickly. Young mothers who have a second child very rapidly … Continued

South Africa steps up its game to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV

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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

Kangaroo mother care technology at Mother Baby Unit at PGH boost growth of preterm babies

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This article was originally published by the Standard Digital When Susan Akinyi, 26, from Heshima estate in Nakuru gave birth to her second child, she was worried and confused. The baby was too tiny, with low birth weight of only 900 grammes. It was hard for the mother to cuddle her baby, but a nurse … Continued

Failure to register newborns leaves millions ‘invisible’ warns UN Children’s Fund

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This article was originally posted on UN News   UNICEF reports that the births of one in four children under-five, or some 166 million children globally, have never been officially recorded. Too many children are “slipping through the cracks,” said Henrietta Fore, the agency’s Executive Director: “A child not registered at birth is invisible – nonexistent … Continued