Countries taking bold steps to end preventable newborn deaths within a generation; framework for ending maternal mortality released

Ethiopia, Nigeria, Chad, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Mali, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe HNN Team

Countries are taking bold steps to end preventable newborn deaths within a generation. Additionally, a framework for ending maternal mortality has been released.

The urban disadvantage: Pakistan slips in mother-child health ranking

Pakistan HNN Team

The report suggests that measures such as effective data collection, quality health services, easy availability of contraceptives and proper neonatal care have proven to reduce child mortality around the world.

New estimates show 126,000 pregnant women affected by Nepal quake

Nepal HNN Team

Women and girls are among the most vulnerable. UNFPA has rushed the delivery of reproductive health kits, which contain the supplies required to support safe childbirth.

India: Increase in Number of Stillbirths Matter of Grave Concern for Beti Bachao and Beti Padao Schemes

India HNN Team

The increase in the number of ‘stillbirths’ in institutional deliveries and non-availability of data regarding the sex of still-born child is a matter of grave concern.

Obgyn training in Sub-Saharan Africa bolstered by new collections shared both online and offline

Ethiopia, Ghana HNN Team

Increasing high quality, obstetric care in Sub-Saharan Africa is critical to achieving the World Health Organization consensus standards to eliminate preventable maternal mortality, and to attaining the goals of the Every Newborn Action Plan.

Malawi: When Bylaws Prevent Maternal and Newborn Deaths

Malawi HNN Team

“If you walk around the village you will find that each house has a message on it. The idea is to remind ourselves of what we are supposed to do so as to save pregnant women and newborn babies.”

A Call To Action – Investing In Reproductive Health Saves Lives And Money

HNN Team

Women and girls who are able to plan their births and stay healthy are better able to complete their education, participate more fully and productively in the labour force, accumulate higher household savings, and raise healthier and better educated children.

UNFPA: In disasters, women are the backbone of resilience – Opinion

Guinea, Liberia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, United States of America HNN Team

For women in particular, part of being safe during disasters — natural or otherwise — means ensuring safe birth, safety from unintended pregnancy, and safety from violence.

Director-General of Ghana Health Service Calls for More Efforts at Community Level

Ghana HNN Team

Dr Appiah-Denkyirah said figures recorded in maternal and neonatal deaths were unacceptable and therefore health management teams from the zonal to the national level must scale up strategies to make the CHPS centres functional.

Professional midwives set to improve maternal and child health in Bangladesh

Bangladesh HNN Team

“The people of Bangladesh need services at the community level,” explains Salma Khatun, an assistant professor of reproductive health who has been deputized by the government’s Directorate of Nursing Services.