The series proposes “an action agenda in order to change the survival curve for stillbirths and newborns and to move beyond survival to improved health and development.”
“Our findings show that there is an urgent unmet need to provide timely, high-quality care for both mother and baby around the time of birth.”
NYT on the Every Newborn Lancet Series.
In many Ugandan communities, the pregnancy is called ekintu or a thing, and babies are not named until one month when survival is more assured.
There is no such opportunity to solve a problem like the one you have when you know the cause. Research has identified high impact, cost-effective solutions to tackle each of these causes.
We need a new sense of purpose from the global community. The world must not squander the opportunity that 2014 offers.
The research sites will enroll women early in pregnancy and collect information and biological specimens during their pregnancy and delivery. These data and specimens will be used to advance innovative research into the causes of preterm birth and identify novel strategies for prevention.
“The midwives who deliver the babies did not have direct access to emergency medication, proper resuscitation methods or doctors. This needed to change.”
So, the question on everyone’s mind must be, with all these investments why are we not seeing the impact that we seek?
Participants of the ceremony – doctors, journalists and government authorities – were all shocked to learn about the lack of basic health facilities to majority of Pakistani mothers, resulting in death of hundreds of thousands of children across Pakistan.