Uganda leading groundbreaking research for newborn deaths in hospitals

The Independent (Uganda) Uganda HNN Admin

This article was originally published in The Independent (Uganda) here. Researchers in Uganda are conducting a trial to determine the mortality benefits and cost-effectiveness of kangaroo mother care (KMC) among ill infants weighing 2000 grams or less. KMC is a method of care of preterm infants that involves skin-to-skin contact with the mother or another … Continued

CSO calls for return of free antenatal service in Gombe

Nigerian Tribune Nigeria HNN Admin

This article was originally published in Nigerian Tribune here. By Ishola Michael A Gombe based Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Network for Maternal and Newborn Child Health Initiative, (NMNCHI), has appealed to the Gombe State Government to revive the free antenatal services in order to promote family health. The call was made by the Chairman of … Continued

Kenya hopes its first human milk bank will save infants’ lives

Quartz Africa Kenya HNN Admin

This article was originally published by Quartz Africa here. By Annabelle Timsit Every morning at Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi, a group of new mothers files into a spacious room housing Kenya’s first human milk bank. The room, freshly-painted aqua blue and bustling with nurses, is lined on either side with private lactation booths separated … Continued

Kangaroo Mother Care Awareness Campaign

Lenasia Rising Sun South Africa HNN Admin

This article was originally published by Lenasia Rising Sun here. Aiming to reduce the new-born mortality rate caused by winter conditions, the Johannesburg Health District will embark on a Kangaroo Mother Care Awareness Campaign to emphasise the benefits of keeping newborn babies warm. Kangaroo Mother Care, or, skin-to-skin care, is a simple, easy method of … Continued

Why is it difficult to interview young fathers about fatherhood, and why is it important that we keep trying?

Young Lives Peru, Ethiopia, Zambia, India HNN Admin

This article was originally published by Young Lives Many researchers hesitate to share difficulties experienced in fieldwork in case the credibility of field teams or of the research findings is called into question. I believe that sharing our experiences will contribute to better research, and therefore benefit all those involved and invested in the research. … Continued

Reinvigorated Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Helps Promote Exclusive Breastfeeding in Malawi

Health Policy Plus Malawi HNN Admin

This article was originally published by Health Policy Plus (HP+) here. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), led by WHO and UNICEF, aims to give newborns the best start in life by promoting exclusive breastfeeding from birth to six months. In Malawi, great strides were made after the initiative was first introduced in the country, with … Continued

Breastfeeding: Despite progress, only three African nations expected to meet global goal

Medical Xpress HNN Admin

This article was originally published on Medical Xpress here. Only three African countries are expected to meet the global target for exclusive breastfeeding, “an unparalleled source of nutrition for newborns and infants, no matter where they are born,” according to a global health expert. The three nations, Guinea-Bissau, Rwanda, and São Tomé and Príncipe, are … Continued

Inside the Ebola treatment centres of Congo, where survivors bring hope to those on the edge of death

The Telegraph Democratic Republic of the Congo HNN Admin

This article was originally published in The Telegraph (UK) here. For a patient diagnosed with perhaps the world’s most chilling disease, Congo’s Ebola treatment centres are a terrifying place to be. From the moment their blood tests positive, victims are placed in hermetically sealed bio-secure units. As they teeter between life and death, almost the … Continued

First Maternal Azithromycin Meeting in the Gambia

LSHTM MARCH Centre Gambia HNN Admin

This article was originally published on the LSHTM MARCH Centre webpage here. The MAR meeting was organized and chaired by Dr Anna Roca, PregnAnZI-2 Principal Investigator, and included other investigators from the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM, the University of Maryland Medical School, University of Alabama, Research Triangle Institute International, the University of Melbourne, … Continued

Israeli gov’t provides support Ghana Health Service in Neonatal care

Ghana News Agency Ghana HNN Admin

This article was originally published on Ghana News Agency here. The government of Israel, as part of efforts to deepen relationship with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has inaugurated two neonatal units in two health facilities in the Kumasi Metropolis. The beneficiary hospitals are the Kumasi South and the Suntreso Government Hospitals. Each of the … Continued