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Women Deliver’s 4th Global Conference, taking place 16-19 May 2016, will be the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health and rights in the last decade and one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Expert online survey to inform new guidance for reporting neonatal infection research

Bangladesh

Understanding the incidence, aetiology and pathogenesis of neonatal infections is essential to reduce neonatal mortality. To do this we need to improve the reporting of studies to be systematic, to include key elements, and to use standardised definitions.

Map: The best (and worst) countries to be a mother

Ethiopia, Bolivia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Liberia, Rwanda, Somalia, Central African Republic, United States of America

On average, one woman in 30 is likely to die from pregnancy-related causes, and seven out of 10 women will lose a child in their lifetime. Despite global improvements in children’s and maternal health, inequality between the world’s richest and poorest mothers and children is widening.

India Slips Down Motherhood Index

Bangladesh, India, Zimbabwe, Iraq, United States of America

Just 19% of women in the poorest section of Delhi’s population had a skilled attendant present when they were giving birth. Among the richest women in the city however, 99% had a trained person around when they were in labor.

‘Tale of Two Cities’ Widens Worldwide for Children, Study Shows

Nigeria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Peru, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Central African Republic, Kenya, Vietnam, United States of America

In two-thirds of the 36 developing countries among the 179 nations surveyed, the poorest urban children are at least twice as likely to die as their wealthier counterparts, according to the report.

Distinguishing Fetal Death, Stillbirth May Help Prevent Both

United States of America

There is an effort underway to replace the anachronistic 1950s definition of fetal death with a more modern one to distinguish between the timing of stillbirth and that of fetal death, which is clinically more significant.

Extremely Premature Babies Face Developmental Issues, Study Says

A new study shows premature babies score lower on cognitive tests.

U.N. seeking $3.1 billion to help children at risk

Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone

The largest portion, $903 million, would be targeted to help children with immunizations, safe water, sanitation and education in and around Syria.

Improvement of maternal and newborn health continues in the Republic of Moldova

Ongoing implementation of near-miss case reviews and the “individual, family and community involvement methodology” by health professionals in the Transnistrian region will have a significant impact on reducing maternal mortality in the Republic of Moldova.

More breastfeeding ‘could save NHS millions’

Increasing the time women breastfeed could save the NHS millions of pounds by improving the health of mother and baby, figures suggest.