Malaria progress stall continues, but more pregnant women and kids protected

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy HNN Admin

This article was originally published by CIDRAP Though progress against malaria continues to stall, mainly due to funding gaps, the World Health Organization (WHO) in its annual report today highlighted a promising development: more pregnant women and children were protected against the disease. In the report, based on 2018 data, the WHO estimates there were … Continued

Breast milk could help prevent heart disease caused by premature birth, RCSI study

EurekAlert HNN Admin

This article was originally published by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland via EurekAlert Early use of breast milk could play a vital role in preventing heart disease in prematurely born infants, according to a paper led by researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) and the Rotunda Hospital. The review article, … Continued

Antenatal care in Kenya needs improvement

The Conversation Kenya HNN Admin

This article was originally published on The Conversation Maternal and neonatal mortality has remained high in low-resource settings despite progress in recent years. The estimated maternal mortality ratio in Kenya is 342 per 100,000 live births, a startling 18 times the rate in the United States. High quality prenatal care can address these high levels … Continued

Could adding folic acid to salt curb Ethiopia’s sky-high rate of spinal cord deformities?

ScienceMag Ethiopia HNN Admin

This article was originally posted on ScienceMag By Meredith Wadman Tony Magana, chief of neurosurgery at Mekelle University School of Medicine in Ethiopia’s Tigray province, confronts his country’s high prevalence of neural tube defects nearly every day. His team operates on more than 400 babies annually to repair these severe, often lethal birth malformations, in … Continued

Most Physicians Don’t Follow WHO Guidelines in Neonatal, Pediatric Sepsis

Contagion Live HNN Admin

This article was originally published by Contagion Live   More than 4 million newborns and children suffer cases of sepsis each year, but a new study concluded that in the majority of those cases, patients don’t receive the World Health Organization (WHO’s) recommended first- or second-line therapy. Those are the findings of a new study … Continued

Saudi Arabia delivers ‘early warning’ on preterm births

Arab Times HNN Admin

This story was originally published by Arab News JEDDAH: Up to 60,000 babies are born prematurely every year in Saudi Arabia with hospitals in the Kingdom spending up to SR60,000 ($16,000) on individual treatment and specialized care, a leading pediatrician told Arab News. Dr. Sawsan Hussein Daffa, consultant neonatologist and head of pediatrics department at the Aya … Continued

Train more midwives to save lives

The National Papua New Guinea HNN Admin

This story was originally published by The National Disturbing figures were released in March this year that Papua New Guinea has the lowest number of skilled birth attendants and needs 6,000 more to meet global standard. The 2019 Maternal and Newborn Health Task Force report says high maternal and newborn mortality in the country is … Continued

No training, no gloves: Zimbabwe’s desperate childbirths

AP Zimbabwe HNN Admin

This article was originally published by AP By Farao Mutsaka When her contractions became unbearably painful, 18-year-old Perseverance Kanyoza rushed to a maternity hospital in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. But the doors were closed amid a weekslong strike by public health workers. With no money for private care, panic set in. A hospital guard directed her … Continued

Target to reduce newborn deaths within reach

International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics HNN Admin

This article was originally published by FIGO Impressive progress has been made across the world to improve the health and survival rate of young children. The number of infants who die before the age of five has more than halved since 1990, from 93 deaths per 1000 live births to 39 per 1000 live births … Continued

Nothing for young people, without young people: Making family planning access youth-centered

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation HNN Admin

This article was originally published by The Optimist By Nomi Fuchs-Montgomery How does the foundation think about its family planning strategy when it comes to young people? We know that the largest generation of young people in history are currently experiencing their reproductive years—1.2 billion people. If given every opportunity to succeed, their energy and … Continued