Babies in the dark

UNFPA Bangladesh HNN Admin

This article originally appeared on UNFPA’s website here. The old lady walks rapidly through the refugee camp outside Cox’s Bazar in southern Bangladesh. Everyone recognises her, many shouting “Hello grandma, what is your news?” She likes to walk fast, just like she likes to talk fast. She stops in front of houses with pregnant women, … Continued

Detección temprana de discapacidad

Fundación Saldarriaga Concha Colombia HNN Admin

This article was originally published by Fundación Saldarriaga Concha here. Este artículo fue publicado originalmente por la Fundación Saldarriaga Concha aquí. El presidente Iván Duque presentó la Ley de tamizaje neonatal, con la cual se establece que a todo recién nacido vivo se le realizará mínimamente un tamizaje neonatal básico, auditivo y visual, y progresivamente, … Continued

Kangaroo Mother Care Awareness Campaign

Lenasia Rising Sun South Africa HNN Admin

This article was originally published by Lenasia Rising Sun here. Aiming to reduce the new-born mortality rate caused by winter conditions, the Johannesburg Health District will embark on a Kangaroo Mother Care Awareness Campaign to emphasise the benefits of keeping newborn babies warm. Kangaroo Mother Care, or, skin-to-skin care, is a simple, easy method of … Continued

Kenya hopes its first human milk bank will save infants’ lives

Quartz Africa Kenya HNN Admin

This article was originally published by Quartz Africa here. By Annabelle Timsit Every morning at Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi, a group of new mothers files into a spacious room housing Kenya’s first human milk bank. The room, freshly-painted aqua blue and bustling with nurses, is lined on either side with private lactation booths separated … Continued

Birth defects registries expanding in Latin America

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This article was originally published by PAHO here. Twelve Latin American countries already monitor children who are born with congenital birth defects in order to better understand why and how often they occur, and how the survival and quality of life of these children can be improved. Birth defects are the second leading cause of … Continued

Reinvigorated Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Helps Promote Exclusive Breastfeeding in Malawi

Health Policy Plus Malawi HNN Admin

This article was originally published by Health Policy Plus (HP+) here. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), led by WHO and UNICEF, aims to give newborns the best start in life by promoting exclusive breastfeeding from birth to six months. In Malawi, great strides were made after the initiative was first introduced in the country, with … Continued

Breastfeeding: Despite progress, only three African nations expected to meet global goal

Medical Xpress HNN Admin

This article was originally published on Medical Xpress here. Only three African countries are expected to meet the global target for exclusive breastfeeding, “an unparalleled source of nutrition for newborns and infants, no matter where they are born,” according to a global health expert. The three nations, Guinea-Bissau, Rwanda, and São Tomé and Príncipe, are … Continued

Inside the Ebola treatment centres of Congo, where survivors bring hope to those on the edge of death

The Telegraph Democratic Republic of the Congo HNN Admin

This article was originally published in The Telegraph (UK) here. For a patient diagnosed with perhaps the world’s most chilling disease, Congo’s Ebola treatment centres are a terrifying place to be. From the moment their blood tests positive, victims are placed in hermetically sealed bio-secure units. As they teeter between life and death, almost the … Continued

UNICEF urges ‘transformative shift’ in family-friendly work policies to reap ‘huge’ benefits

UN News HNN Admin

This article was originally published on UN News here. “There is no other time more critical to children’s lives than their earliest years”, said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, “which is why we need a transformative shift in how businesses and governments invest in policies and practices that not only support healthy brain development, but … Continued

Australian funding means improved maternal and newborn care will benefit 10,800 mothers and their newborn babies in Milne Bay Province, PNG

UNICEF Australia Papua New Guinea HNN Admin

This article was originally published on UNICEF Australia’s website here. A maternal and newborn care programme launched today in Alotau, Papua New Guinea, will ensure up to 10,800 newborns and their mothers receive a comprehensive package of care to ensure they survive and thrive over the next three years in Milne Bay Province. The programme, … Continued