Rising Rates of Severe and Fatal Sepsis During Labor and Delivery

United States of America

Sepsis is an increasing cause of complications and death among women in developed countries.

Preterm birth woes acute in India: Report

Afghanistan, India, Pakistan

New report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington highlights India’s deficiencies with preterm birth complications and neonatal sepsis.

Officials of Jhpiego Commend Liberia’s Progress in Fighting Maternal Mortality

Liberia

Jhpiego officials met with President Sirleaf to discuss their organization’s 40th anniversary and their maternal and newborn health programs in Liberia.

Nepal: Where infants die, new mums live

Nepal

The number of neonatal deaths has not seen a decline in the last one decade, which experts said, calls for an urgent revision of the current programmes and policies of the government.

Neonatal infection ‘associated with bacterial infection in the mother’

A new study has revealed that early-onset neonatal infection is associated with the mother.  

Ghana: More children die before their first month in the North

Ghana

More than half of infant deaths occur in the first month, in northern Ghana. According to the Ghana demographic health survey, 57,000 children under age 5 die every year. Most of these deaths are not reported in northern Ghana; the major causes of these deaths are infections.

Indian researchers find faster way to detect sepsis in newborns

India

Researchers at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital’s department of haematology have devised the method which will bring down the sepsis detection timing from 24-72 hours to just two hours.

Slow Ideas

 Some innovations spread fast. How do you speed the ones that don’t?

Ghana Health Service moves to reduce newborn deaths

Ghana

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said its new action plan to reduce newborn deaths as part of attempt to reduce under-five mortality, would be an exclusive focus on newborn conditions.

Assessing health of mothers and newborns in the Republic of Moldova

The goal of the assessment was to help the Ministry of Health, key partners and stakeholders to evaluate care provided at Primary Health Care level to women and newborns in a systematic and participatory way.