The Health Ministry of Nepal has renewed its commitment to dedicate more efforts towards decreasing infant mortality in the country, said Dr Padam Bahadur Chand of the ministry at Every Newborn consultation in Kathmandu.
US Ambassador Dan Mozena visits Bangabandu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and learns more about birth asphyxia and the Helping Babies Breathe initiative.
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.
A global partnership of donors that aims at providing mobile phone aided health service this month reached 100,000 subscribers across Bangladesh under a program called Aponjon.
"The rate of neonatal mortality reduction is comparatively slower than the overall under-five child mortality reduction. We need to address this now as 60 percent of child mortality in Bangladesh is due to neonatal mortality.”
The Health and Family Welfare Minister said the government would implement newborn specific interventions to reduce under 5 child mortality to 20 per 1,000 births by 2035.
Demographic Health Survey states that only 32 percent of total deliveries are attended by medical personnel.
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.
Chlorhexidine has been around for ages and is often used as an antiseptic, but a number of studies are confirming that this intervention could have a major impact on the high number of newborn deaths in the world and more specifically sub-Saharan Africa.
International healthcare organisations on Monday noted progress in the global fight against deaths among newborns and stunted growth due to malnutrition, but said further support was needed.