‘Sometimes the baby dies, sometimes the mother’: Life and death in Yemen’s hospitals

Washington Post Yemen HNN Team

The infant was barely breathing when his uncle brought him to the hospital in a cardboard box. He was wrapped in a blue towel, and wads of cotton were stuffed around his frail body to keep him warm. Muhammad Haithem was just hours old, born two months premature.His mother had gone into labor when an … Continued

Nigeria gets action plan to cater for sick newborns

The Guardian Nigeria HNN Team

The Federal Government has launched three new policy documents to tackle health of newborns. They are Nigeria Every Newborn Action Plan, Essential Newborn Care Course (ENCC) training package and National Chlorhexidine Scale Up Strategy document. The action plan is to serve as a roadmap that focuses on packages of interventions that address care during labour, … Continued

The Technological Innovations Saving Thousands Of Women And Children From Preventable Deaths

Think Progress HNN Team

The atrium of the Washington, D.C. government building looks like a particularly high-class science fair. The people manning poster-board stations, however, are all adults — and rather than rather than baking-soda volcanoes, their displays are nearly all adorned with pictures of mothers and children. The presentations are part of the sixth year of “Saving Lives At Birth,” … Continued

Twelve Innovators Get Funding from Saving Lives at Birth

HNN Team

International Partnership Invests $3.4 Million to Accelerate Innovations that Prevent Maternal, Newborn Deaths and Stillbirth in the Hardest to Reach Regions of the World WASHINGTON, DC – After fierce competition, 12 of the world’s most promising ideas to save lives at birth in developing countries have edged out nearly 650 other applicants, securing millions in … Continued

Strength of a Woman: Christine Maweu

Kenya Citizen TV Kenya HNN Team

Most newborn deaths are preventable, yet Kenya currently has few nurses who are specifically trained in nursing of sick newborns in health facilities. Rural areas are particularly challenged with lack of equipment and personnel, and in such areas committed and passionate professionals are key in reducing infant mortality. In Kitui district hospital, a humble nurse has … Continued

Midwives Are Essential to Global Health

United States of America, Brazil, India, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Indonesia HNN Team

By Jerker Liljestrand, Senior Program Officer of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Midwives have supported women during childbirth since ancient Egyptian times, and today, in many parts of the world, they are providing a unique set of lifesaving services for mothers and babies. Midwives are trained with a … Continued

Want to save 3 million lives? Improve quality of care at birth

This World Breastfeeding Week, we celebrate the health interventions that has the greatest potential impact on child survival – and doesn’t cost a dime.

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.

Taking a walk in her shoes: How a midwife exchange program improved maternal health in Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Hospital leaders and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health recognized a complicated problem in obstetric care in Addis Ababa. Primary health centers saw few patients and referred many unnecessarily to overcrowded tertiary hospitals. To help fix the problem, they created a midwife exchange program.

MCSP and WHO Release New Evidence Brief for Augmentation of Labour

USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), along with World Health Organization, releases its latest evidence brief: Recommendations for Augmentation of Labour.