Estimating the potential impact of COVID-19 on mothers and newborns in low- and middle-income countries

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This article was originally published by Health Policy Plus As COVID-19 spreads, wealthy countries are struggling with an influx of patients requiring screening, testing, and intensive care. In addition to national calls for social distancing, providers cancelled elective surgeries, shifted to virtual care where possible, and set up temporary hospitals to handle increasing demand. Countries … Continued

A digital response to help ensure safer childbirths during COVID-19

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A new initiative launched today by Maternity Foundation, University of Copenhagen and Laerdal Global Health in collaboration with International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, uses a digital tool to equip midwives in low-resource settings to protect themselves, mothers and newborns from the Coronavirus and to ensure that … Continued

Pregnant in a pandemic: how will coronavirus affect me and my baby?

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This article was originally published by The Guardian A recurrent anxiety terror keeps flashing intrusively through my head: I’m in the throes of labor, surrounded by masked strangers, and I don’t recognize a single face around me. This vision began three weeks ago, when I first realized that this pandemic was rearranging my pregnancy into a … Continued

No evidence found for SARS-CoV-2 vertical transmission to fetus

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This article was originally published by the Physician’s Briefing There is currently no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 undergoes intrauterine or transplacental transmission from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)-infected pregnant women to fetuses, according to a study published online March 17 in the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. David A. Schwartz, M.D., from the Medical College of Georgia … Continued

Simprints to provide biometric tech and expertise to Bangladesh government for newborn healthcare

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This article was originally published by Biometric Simprints and the ICT Division of the Government of Bangladesh have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), under which the company will support the “Digital Bangladesh” initiative by deploying its technology to perform biometric verification of up to a million expectant mothers and newborn children for medical care. The … Continued

To deliver tech solutions in delivery rooms, donors look to distribution

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This article was originally published by Devex By Catherine Cheney SAN FRANCISCO — One million newborns die every year in Africa, and 80% of these deaths are preventable with technologies that have been available for 50 years in the U.S., according to Dr. Queen Dube, a pediatrician at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. … Continued

Lack of new antibiotics threatens global efforts to contain drug-resistant infections

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This article was originally published by WHO Declining private investment and lack of innovation in the development of new antibiotics are undermining efforts to combat drug-resistant infections, says the World Health Organization (WHO). Two new reports reveal a weak pipeline for antibiotic agents. The 60 products in development (50 antibiotics and 10 biologics) bring little … Continued

Labor of love: Gill native describes spending the holiday season as a midwife in South Sudan

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This article was originally published by the Daily Hampshire Gazette By Maureen O’Reilly On Christmas Day last month, Elizabeth “Liza” Ramlow, of Gill, awoke eight hours ahead of her family in western Massachusetts. It wasn’t because she’s an earlier riser. Instead, eight time zones, the Atlantic Ocean and about half the continent of Africa separated … Continued

100,000 newborn lives saved since 2018

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This article was originally published by UNICEF South Asia is making progress in saving the lives of newborn babies. Since 2018, an additional 100,000 newborn lives have been saved in South Asia. This is because of progress made in expanding access to, quality and utilization of newborn health services. Despite this positive progress, however, the … Continued

Countries gather for the Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia

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WHY:  Pneumonia claimed the lives of 800,000 children under the age of five in 2018, or one child every 39 seconds. That was more than any other disease. Yet pneumonia remains largely forgotten. WHAT: On January 29-31, nine leading health and children’s organisations – ISGlobal, Save the Children, UNICEF, Every Breath Counts, the Bill & … Continued