Call to action to improve the health of women, children and adolescents worldwide

The 15 papers, co-authored by WHO, outline the current evidence, identify successes as well as critical gaps in progress, and highlight key priorities to end preventable deaths and build resilient and prosperous societies.

Stillbirths: a story of tragic neglect across the developing world

HNN Admin

Maternal and child deaths have received significant attention in the effort to meet the Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015, but stillbirths have been severely neglected. Stillbirth targets were omitted from these goals and remain absent from the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

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

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

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

India

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.

Awareness about signs of stillbirths at a standstill

India

Dr Gupte said that every stillbirth should not only be investigated thoroughly but a post mortem should also be carried out on the foetus.

Australia: Push to change laws governing scrutiny of stillbirths gathers strength

An expert on the state’s peak body responsible for reporting on the deaths of babies during labour believes laws should be changed so coroners have the power to investigate the deaths.

New Measures Identified for Newborn Care in Uganda

Uganda

Recent evidence from local researchers in Uganda show that a cost-effective package of care linking families, government-mandated village health teams, and health facilities can improve life-saving practices during pregnancy, childbirth and in the first weeks of life.

Biobank SOPs, Data Dictionary and Consent Template Now Available

These documents are being provided to facilitate standardized terminology, consent, collection, processing and storage across biobanks and research studies.

Distinguishing Fetal Death, Stillbirth May Help Prevent Both

United States of America

There is an effort underway to replace the anachronistic 1950s definition of fetal death with a more modern one to distinguish between the timing of stillbirth and that of fetal death, which is clinically more significant.

Low- and middle-income countries health care providers’ views on stillbirth care

The intent of this stillbirths survey is to address experiences of midwives. obstetricians/gynaecologists, and nurses working in health facilities who are involved in the care of families who experience a stillbirth.