Aga Khan University Hospital nurse Anila Ali Bardai wins global award for excellence in neonatal nursing.
BBC radio show interviews two award-winning neonatal nurses from Kenya and Pakistan to discuss the state of newborn health in their countries and ways in which they are working to reduce newborn mortality.
When my son was just two months old, I was forced to return to work. My maternity leave was up – which is only 12 weeks in Malawi.
The Inter-Parlimentary Union organized a summit for MP’s from ten countries to discuss ways in which they could assume more accountability for maternal and newborn health concerns.
Among the initiatives UNC will assist with is designing model maternity homes, where women who are about to deliver or who have just delivered will receive health education and services.
Malawi will boost number of skilled and qualified midwives in health facilities across the country in an effort to encourage more women to give birth there.
"We reduced our newborn mortality rate by 44 percent since 1990, in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) 4 and 5," said Gotani Hara.
The District Health Officer cited cultural beliefs as one of the factors that is forcing some men not to escort their wives to antenatal clinics to access PMTCT.
Two studies on the effect of peer support on maternal and infant mortality have broken new ground by using randomized controlled trials, according to an accompanying comment, which appear in the May 18 issue of the Lancet.
The Malawi Ministry of Health and NGOs such as Village Reach are collaborating with communities to use cell phones to address maternal, newborn and child health.