Target to reduce newborn deaths within reach

International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics HNN Team

This article was originally published by FIGO Impressive progress has been made across the world to improve the health and survival rate of young children. The number of infants who die before the age of five has more than halved since 1990, from 93 deaths per 1000 live births to 39 per 1000 live births … Continued

Nothing for young people, without young people: Making family planning access youth-centered

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation HNN Team

This article was originally published by The Optimist By Nomi Fuchs-Montgomery How does the foundation think about its family planning strategy when it comes to young people? We know that the largest generation of young people in history are currently experiencing their reproductive years—1.2 billion people. If given every opportunity to succeed, their energy and … Continued

Newborn care units at Health Centre IV: the MANeSCALE experience

Makerere University Centre of Excellence for Maternal Newborn and Child Health Uganda HNN Team

From explaining how to mix drugs in the right doses for premature babies to explaining how a radiant warmer works, Nursing Officer Sarah Mirembe clearly knows what she is doing given the confidence she exudes. It is apparent from her talk that she has no problem with dump dusting and mopping her workstation in order … Continued

Maternal, newborn health improves in rural Ethiopia but inequities still exist

Addis Standard Ethiopia HNN Team

This story was originally published by the Addis Standard. Community-based health programs in parts of rural Ethiopia, Nigeria, and India were successful in improving health care for mothers and newborns, but inequities still exist, according to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). “Our findings have both an optimistic and a pessimistic interpretation, … Continued

Building Capacity of Six African Countries to Strengthen Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition

WHO HNN Team

This story was originally published by the World Health Organization Entebbe, 29th October 2019 – The Ministry of Health, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), conducted a five-day workshop to build the capacity of program managers and WHO country office staff to better manage and improve service delivery in the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, … Continued

Maternal and newborn health improves in rural Nigeria, Ethiopia and India but inequities still exist

Eurekalert Nigeria, Ethiopia, India HNN Team

This article was originally published by EurekAlert referring to the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) Community-based health programs in parts of rural Nigeria, Ethiopia and India were successful in improving health care for mothers and newborns, but inequities still exist, according to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). “Our findings have both … Continued

India newborn girl found in shallow grave ‘fighting for life’

BBC News India HNN Team

This story was originally published by BBC News A newborn baby discovered buried alive in a clay pot in northern India is fighting for her life, her doctor says. She remains in a “critical” condition, suffering from septicemia and a dangerously low platelet count, pediatrician Ravi Khanna said. “There are chances of her survival, but … Continued

Newborn baby deaths in Africa targeted in $68M initiative

Eurekalert Kenya, Tanzania, United Republic of, Malawi, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda HNN Team

This story was originally published by EurekAlert citing Rice University. Hundreds of thousands of babies could be saved through a major global health initiative launched here today to improve newborn hospital care throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Almost half of childhood deaths occur in the first four weeks of life, and newborns in sub-Saharan Africa are nearly … Continued

Mothers survive Ebola while pregnant against the odds in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

WHO Democratic Republic of the Congo HNN Team

This article was originally published by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa here. “I put my feet on the ground and wiggled my toes. It felt strange to touch the ground for the first time in weeks. Slowly, I stood up, holding the hand of the nurse. I held my swollen belly and … Continued

Uttar Pradesh: Soon, healthcare units where moms will stay with ailing newborns

Times of India India HNN Team

This article was originally published by the Times of India here. In a paradigm shift in healthcare, ailing newborns will not be separated from their mothers at government hospitals in UP. The first Mother Newborn Care Unit or MNCU is coming up at Badaun district hospital. Till now, a sick baby was kept under intensive … Continued