Steroids Are No Boon to World’s Poorer Women

Guatemala, India, Pakistan, Zambia, Kenya HNN Team

Giving steroids to women who are about to give birth prematurely — a standard lifesaving medical practice in richer countries — may be useless or even dangerous in poor countries where most women give birth at home, amajor new study has found.

Saving “Every Woman, Every Child”: Canada ‘Incubates’ 22 Bold New Ideas

Bangladesh, India, Peru, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda, Kenya HNN Team

Innovators worldwide receive seed grants to help Bangladesh garment workers express, store breast milk, assist with childbirths in remote areas via mobile telecommunications, stabilize vaccines without refrigeration, produce snacks from rice bran waste to fight children’s iron deficiency.

Almost half of child deaths occur in first month of life, UN estimates

Ethiopia, Nigeria, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Liberia, Niger, Pakistan, Rwanda HNN Team

Most are from preventable causes such as diseases like pneumonia, malnutrition and complications in labour, but new research highlights success in Rwanda.

Powerful synergies across different sectors improve health of poor women and children

Ethiopia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Laos People’s Democratic Republic, Peru, Rwanda, Vietnam HNN Team

“These studies revealed that improving people’s health and strengthening health systems required investing in health-enhancing sectors such as education, water and sanitation, social protection, and infrastructure development.”

New data show child mortality rates falling faster than ever

Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Eritrea, India, Liberia, Niger, Tanzania, United Republic of HNN Team

New data released today by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013.

SickKids contributes to first International Standards to assess fetal growth and newborn size worldwide

Brazil, China, India, Kenya, United States of America HNN Team

The international standards – one for the growing fetus and the other for newborns – provide doctors and midwives with clinical tools that can be incorporated immediately into practice during pregnancy and at birth.

New Coalition Seeks to Boost Preterm Birth Research

Introducing a new partnership to prevent preterm birth, The Global Coalition to Advance Preterm birth Research (GCAPR).

Developing and Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs at Scale

Developing and Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs at Scale

Open for Consultation – Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality

The draft “Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality” is now online and open for discussion through the World Health Organization (WHO) website. A companion piece to the Every Newborn Action Plan,

Global forum calls for urgent action to curb health inequities, cut maternal and child mortality

More than 800 leaders and public health experts from around the world opened a landmark two-day meeting in Johannesburg