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.
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
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
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.
Dr Gupte said that every stillbirth should not only be investigated thoroughly but a post mortem should also be carried out on the foetus.
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.
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.
These documents are being provided to facilitate standardized terminology, consent, collection, processing and storage across biobanks and research studies.
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.
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.