The Indonesian government announced it would fund deliveries performed by skilled birth attendants for three million poor women in 2011 in a bid to reduce the maternal mortality rate.
Indian government officials see the traditional childbearing mind-set as an obstacle to the prosperity and health of a rising economic powerhouse that still has one of the world’s worst rates of maternal mortality.
Washington Post Staff Writer, David Brown, describes the new simulators with great potential to save mothers and newborns worldwide.
Even after recording a number of deaths at childbirth, the Ugandan government has not done much to address the issue. Now Makerere University School of Public Health is undertaking a survey in Iganga and Mayuge districts to find possible ways of averting the deaths, writes Zahra Abigaba.
It’s been called the most dangerous minute of the most dangerous day of a person’s life. For 829,000 babies each year, it’s the beginning of the end.
When a baby is born and is not breathing, simple techniques like rubbing the baby dry, keeping the baby warm, and suctioning the baby’s mouth may be all that is needed to save a life.
Watch this news report on maternal and infant mortality in Indonesia, featuring expert commentary by Save the Children
Most of those living in Lahej are poor and illiterate, and experience death as often as they bring new life into this world.
Save the Children’s Newborn Health Expert, Dr. Joy Lawn, Examines How Nepal and Malawi Make Gains in Saving Newborn Lives; Film Airing on January 26-29