Community initiatives can curb mother and baby deaths

Uganda HNN Admin

FIFTY-five-year-old Mukooza is a father of four from Buwaya sub-county, Mayuge district. Two years ago, his village chose him to train as a community health worker, (CHW) with Uganda Newborn Study (UNEST).

The Observer: Community Health Workers Save Lives

Uganda HNN Admin

Health experts are calling on government to pay attention to community health workers (CHWs) who if linked with basic improvement in facility care can lead to better health indicators in rural settings.

Kangaroo Mother Care: Holding Babies Close to Heal

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Sometimes a mother’s touch trumps technology. Kate Ogg is one mother who knows that first hand.  

ReliefWeb: 100,000 Pakistani women at risk

Pakistan HNN Admin

Tens of thousands of newborn babies and their mums in Pakistan could be in serious danger as the floods continue to cause misery for millions of families. Sumia, 25, gave birth to a baby boy by the side of the road after being forced to evacuate her home in Shlar, Pakistan due to the encroaching floods. They had no time to collect belongings and have no money; they have received no medical care. At least half a million pregnant women have been affected by the floods, with more than 100,000 of them due to give birth in the next few months. Many will be forced to deliver in temporary shelters or tents, with no access to clean water or health care and often

Pakistan: Save the Children Provides Critical Health Services to Vulnerable Mothers and Children


100,000 Pregnant Women at Risk in Flood-Hit Pakistan – As the devastating floods in Pakistan continue to cause misery for millions of families, Save the Children reports that tens of thousands of newborn babies and their mothers could be in serious danger.

‘Miracle mum’ brings premature baby son back to life with two hours of loving cuddles after doctors pronounce him dead

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It was a final chance to say goodbye for grieving mother Kate Ogg after doctors gave up hope of saving her premature baby.

Laos: Rebirth of the midwife

Laos People’s Democratic Republic HNN Admin

Dozens of Lao women are learning to be midwives as part of a national effort to bring down one of the region’s highest maternal mortality rates.

The Times of India: UP riskiest place for women to give birth

India HNN Admin

According to the survey report, endorsed by the Population Foundation of India, more than one-third cases of women dying due to pregnancy related causes in India are registered from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Nepal: Government to Scale-Up Neonatal Care

Nepal HNN Admin

With a view to bringing down neonatal mortality rate, the Ministry of Health and Population is scaling up the Community-Based Newborn Care Package (CB-NCP) into 24 districts across the country, mainly targeting neonates, as the infection has been one of the leading causes of them.

Mobile obstetrics programme improved maternal health in Eastern Burma

Myanmar HNN Admin

A community based mobile obstetrics initiative could improve maternal health and access to medical assistance for expectant mothers in Burma.