Comment: Superfood for Babies

South Africa

It’s World Breastfeeding Week and government and Save the Children have joined forces to promote breastfeeding to save children’s lives.

South Africa: Zuma says fewer children born with HIV

South Africa

Reports indicate that fewer South African children are being born HIV-positive, according to President Jacob Zuma.

South Africa: Kangaroo mothering a boon for prems

South Africa

Mothers in Pretoria talk about the benefits of providing Kangaroo Mother Care to their premature and low birth weight babies.  

Sub-Saharan Africa ranks lowest for mothers

South Africa

Having a baby in sub-Saharan Africa is riskier than anywhere else according to the latest State of the World’s Mothers report.

21 newborns die daily in SA

South Africa

Most of the 21 daily newborn deaths in South Africa could be prevented.

Educating Mothers to End South Africa’s Newborn Deaths

Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa

Despite remarkable changes in the levels of understanding of newborn mortality and prevention methods, newborns continue to die and now account for more than 40 percent of all under five deaths. 

Health Experts Attend Global Conference on Infant Mortality

South Africa

Medical and aid officials gathered in Johannesburg this week for the conference dedicated to developing strategies to save more newborns.  

Simple antiseptic can save newborn lives

Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa

Chlorhexidine has been around for ages and is often used as an antiseptic, but a number of studies are confirming that this intervention could have a major impact on the high number of newborn deaths in the world and more specifically sub-Saharan Africa.

Saving Newborns

South Africa

South Africa is praised for its fast progress in increasing post-natal survival rates due to HIV programmes, but Lawn warned that this hid the fact that the country’s newborn death rate was “flatlining."   

Roadmap to tackle newborn deaths

Nepal, Bangladesh, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa

The Global Newborn Action Plan (GNAP) comes as countries make their final push towards the Millennium Development Goals. GNAP is defined as a high-level roadmap that focuses specifically on newborn health.