Global Conference Stresses Urgent Need to Prioritize the Health of Newborns

South Africa HNN Team

Leading newborn health experts and government officials are convening this week to address newborn mortality and galvanize the global community to action. 

Saving Newborns

South Africa HNN Team

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 HNN Team

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.  

African leaders mobilise internal resources to reduce maternal/infant mortality

Malawi, South Africa, Uganda HNN Team

Another approach, Museveni suggested, should be sensitisation. "This is very crucial to educate expectant mothers to attend ante-natal clinics in order to ensure safe delivery. 

South Africa: HIV Programme ‘Saving Babies’ Lives’

South Africa HNN Team

According to figures from the Medical Research Council the transmission rate from mother to child decreased in South Africa from 8% in 2008 to 2.7% last year.

SOUTH AFRICA: New reports chart progress – and costs – in HIV fight

South Africa

Mothers, babies and newly diagnosed HIV patients are receiving more of the services they need but progress comes at a cost, according to a new report that predicts a funding shortfall for HIV treatment in South Africa.

SOUTH AFRICA: Policy turnaround on breastfeeding

South Africa

The South African government has rethought its policy on infant feeding and move to discontinue the free provision of formula milk at hospitals and clinics, and promote an exclusive breastfeeding strategy for all mothers, including those living with HIV.

Neonatal Deaths haunt SA

South Africa

Neonatal care does not receive enough attention from the health sector, despite ongoing media coverage of infant mortality cases.

Too many children dying

South Africa

About 82000 children under the age of five died while in the care of nurses and doctors in public hospitals in the past three years. This shocking figure was revealed by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi in Parliament this week.

Mother, infant mortality greatly reduced

South Africa

 The provincial health department has released statistics that show a marked improvement in reducing the number of mothers and infants who die during childbirth.