WHO’s decision to include the product is an important step in encouraging its introduction for umbilical cord care in low-resource settings worldwide.
"If we really want to drive down child mortality overall, we have to move that newborn number faster,” says Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children.
Grand Challenges Canada announced $10.9 million in seed money to that will part go to help combat newborn infections and prematurity.
The Sokoto State Government distributed chlorhexidine to prevent umbilical cord infections in newborns to all 244 wards in Sokoto State, Nigeria.
Chlorhexidine has been around for ages and is often used as an antiseptic, but a number of studies are confirming that this intervention could have a major impact on the high number of newborn deaths in the world and more specifically sub-Saharan Africa.
It is important to communicate with parents the benefits of cleansing umbilical cords with chlorhexidine, according to study results published online.
Liberia’s Ministry of Health approves chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care to prevent newborn infections and kangaroo mother care to help preterm babies survive as part of newborn health strategy.
One of the major challenges is that 50% of all child mortality in India happens in the first 28 days of life. A prevalent myth is that to save newborns, sophisticated hospitals and intensive care units are needed. But this isn’t the case, experts say.
The application of chlorhexidine on a newborn’s umbilical cord soon after birth can greatly reduce the risk of infection.
“In my heart of hearts I feel very optimistic”, he says. “Even amongst the conflict and the societal fissures, I see the seeds of social change.” There is certainly no doubting Pakistan’s resilience.