This JHU team is developing tools to assess newborn health

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This news item originally appeared in Technically Baltimore here. A team from Johns Hopkins’ Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID) will be among the finalists presenting prototypes in D.C. as part of an event putting a spotlight on the role of hardware in social innovation. The NeMo Asssessment System, which has been in development … Continued

In Peru, Baby Formula Reps Target Doctors In Low-Income Community Despite Decades-Old Ban

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Peru HNN Admin

This article was originally posted on the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health website here. Study suggests new mothers in Lima’s Villa El Salvador are 10 times more likely to abandon exclusively breastfeeding if doctor recommends formula. A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that baby formula … Continued

Three in four Rohingya refugee babies are born in unsanitary bamboo shelters

Save the Children Bangladesh HNN Admin

Save the Children estimates after assessment in community of 20,000 expectant mothers need access to proper maternal care, says Save the Children FAIRFIELD, Conn. (June 3, 2019)—An estimated 75 percent of Rohingya babies are born in the unsafe and unsanitary bamboo shelters in which refugees live, based on an assessment by Save the Children. Home … Continued

‘Catastrophic’ healthcare costs put mothers and newborns at risk

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This article was originally featured in the UN News here. In a new report highlighting how few of the world’s poorest pregnant women have a doctor, nurse or midwife at their side when they need them most, the UN Children’s Fund said that more than 800 women die every day from complications, while many more … Continued

The Taj Mahal becomes first Indian monument with breastfeeding room

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This story was originally published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation here. NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Taj Mahal, built as a monument to a woman who died in childbirth, is set to get a baby feeding room in a first for India where conservative attitudes toward public breastfeeding mean nursing mothers are often … Continued

Rewriting Bungoma’s infant mortality story

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This article by Evans Ongwae originally appeared in Daily Nation (Kenya) here. Through a targeted collaborative newborn support project, Mount Kenya University (MKU) and its partners are rewriting Bungoma County’s infant mortality story. The sad tale of the county losing 32 newborns for every 1,000 live births, according to the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey … Continued

Strengthening ANC and PNC Service Delivery and Innovations: Request for Concept Note [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation]

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Timeline: 10 June 2019 (Concept Note Due) The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) strategy aims to expand coverage of packages of interventions that are tailored to vulnerable populations to reduce preventable maternal and neonatal deaths. One of our priority focus areas is antenatal and postnatal care (ANC and PNC) … Continued

With Help From UNICEF and Partners, Chad Eliminates MNT

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Wonderful news for newborns and mothers in Chad, and everyone who cares about them: Maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) has been declared eliminated in Chad. On behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Jean-Bosco Ndihokubwayo, WHO Representative in Chad, presented the official certificate of merit to Chad’s Minister of Public Health, Mahamet Aziz Saleh, … Continued

Portable kit to treat babies with jaundice goes on trial in Peru

The Guardian Peru HNN Admin

Health workers in a remote province high in the Peruvian Andes are trialling a revolutionary method to treat babies with jaundice – with nothing more than a colour-coded ruler, blood reader and carrycots. Their goal is to screen, diagnose and treat jaundice in 12,000 newborns over the next two years in a country where 90% … Continued

In South Sudan, Midwives Bring Down Deaths Despite the Odds

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JUBA, South Sudan — Seated in a stifling hallway in South Sudan’s main hospital, the midwife recounted the day she watched a young mother bleed to death after giving birth. “She died while holding my hand,” said Aber Evaline, hanging her head. Her patient was one of more than 40 women who died in Juba’s … Continued