Ebola effect reverses gains in maternal, child mortality

Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone

When Ebola broke out in Sierra Leone in May, and Liberia in August, the number of births attended by a health professional in Liberia dropped from 52 percent to 38 percent.

Fear of health workers fuels Ebola crisis in Guinea

Guinea

Over 8,000 hygienic birth kits, with supplies for safe childbirth have been distributed in Guinea by UNFPA as of 26 September.

Significant reductions in under-five child mortality worldwide, says recent UNICEF“A Promise Renewed” Report, yet much work remains

Guinea

It is even more distressing that so many of these children die within the first day and month of their life. In Guinea more than 29 out of 1000 babies (a total of 15,000 babies) died in 2012 before completing their first month of life, a great tragedy for the parents and a great loss … Continued

Improving Maternal and Newborn Health in Africa One “Champion” at a Time

Benin, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya

 MCHIP discusses Madagascar’s approach to Maternal and Newborn Health.

Newborn deaths reduce by 1.3 million in two decades but will take Africa 150 years to reach US/UK newborn survival levels – Study

Angola, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Sierra Leone

The first week of life is considered as the riskiest week for newborns but yet many countries are only just beginning postnatal care programmes to reach mothers and babies at this critical time