Africa: It’s Time to do Another “Easy” Thing: Newborn Health Care

Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Malawi, Pakistan, Uganda

The conference is focused on newborns, but our panoramic view involves partnerships across many sectors. As the proverb goes, a bundle of sticks is not easily broken. To raise the profile of newborn survival, we need a strong bundle of sticks.  

mHealth ‘could save a million African lives by 2017’

Botswana, Somalia

"Delivering mobile-assisted awareness to pregnant mothers and traditional birth attendants could reduce prenatal and maternal mortality by up to 30 percent," according to the report.

Liberia: Health Ministry Adopts Guidelines for Mother to Baby Care

Liberia

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.

Ghana: UNICEF supports newborn survival in upper east region

Ghana

The comprehensive strategy designed to improve the health and survival of newborns through interventions that focuses on preconception, conception, during birth, soon after birth and in the postnatal period.

Tanzania: Hospital Programme Seeks to Improve Health Communication

Tanzania, United Republic of

Tanzanian hospitals are set to use e-Health and mobile Health programs in partnership with the Ministry of Health to help improve health communication and treatment. 

Ghanaian Pregnant Women Who Sleep On Back at Increased Risk of Stillbirth

Ghana

Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of stillbirth in the world and little progress has been made in reducing those deaths.

Nigerian maternal and newborn care to receive World Bank funding

Nigeria

The results-based grant will be used in Ondo, Adamawa and Nasarawa states to help address maternal and newborn health, immunisations and control communicable diseases. 

Rwanda: Health Centres to Get Kangaroo Mothercare System

Rwanda

After a successful rollout of the Kangaroo mothercare system in all 27 district hospitals in the country, officials are now targeting health centres countrywide.

Studies show prenatal nutrition may affect gene function in children’s health

Gambia

Pioneering studies are helping to explain how the foods a mother eats during her pregnancy may affect the way genes function in her children.

Kangaroo Mothers: All it takes is a mother’s touch to save a baby’s life

Tanzania, United Republic of

To minimise the unnecessary deaths of premature newborns, Tanzania launched a new initiative called Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) at the Muhimbili National Hospital in August last year.