Uganda: Kangaroo Mother Care Saves Babies

Uganda HNN Team

Nakaseke Hospital in Uganda uses Kangaroo Mother Care to help preterm and low birth weight babies survive.

Nigeria: Presidential Summit Participants Call for Mandatory Health Insurance

Nigeria HNN Team

It called for the strengthening and expanding financial risk protection mechanism for the poor and vulnerable groups as part of the broader social protection efforts.

Health cuts see newborn deaths jump 43% in Greece

HNN Team

EU-mandated spending cuts in the Greek healthcare system has brought the country decades back into time, according to Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, a liberal MEP from the German FDP party.

Good Health Lies Just Across the Border

Afghanistan, Pakistan

 Muzaffar Shah, a shopkeeper from Kabul, sits in a hospital waiting room, desperate for news. He has travelled nearly 300 km to get to the capital of northern Pakistan, where his wife is now in intensive care.

Why we celebrate International Women’s Day

 Editor’s note: Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This piece was published in collaboration with the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.

Sex of newborn associated with place and mode of delivery; a population-based study in northern Vietnam

Vietnam

 A recent study published in Gender Medicine show evidence of sex discrimination at delivery, influencing place and mode of delviery. 

Nigeria: Boosting child, maternal health in FCT

Nigeria HNN Team

Dr Hadiza Balarabe, Director of Primary Healthcare at the FCT Primary Health Care Board, who recently addressed a training workshop for some state technical facilitators in Abuja, spoke of the desirability of accelerated attainment of the health objectives of the MDGs before 2015.

In Asia-Pacific, health poses challenge to 2015 goals

Nepal, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan HNN Team

A new UN assessment indicates South Asia is underperforming in trying to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.

Ghana unlikely to achieve MDG on maternal and infant mortality by 2015

Ghana HNN Team

Despite significant reduction in maternal, infant and under five mortality rates in Ghana, it is unlikely that the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets could be met.

Numbers Aside, India’s Newborns Face Challenges

India

 Usha Kumar’s wails sounded like the cries of a wounded animal, guttural and wrenching, her screams seeping through the corridor of Kasturba Hospital in Delhi, until, finally, mercifully, Ms. Kumar pushed out her baby boy.