In a crisis, pregnant and recently delivered women must overcome immense obstacles to provide care for their children. At the same time, women’s vulnerability to malnutrition, sexual violence, and unplanned pregnancy increases; and so do the risks related to unassisted childbirth. Children under five years of age often experience significantly higher mortality rates than other age groups within emergency and disaster-affected populations and are frequently considered to be the most vulnerable population.
Despite improvements globally in newborn health, relatively poor outcomes persist in areas considered fragile or unstable. To help address these critical needs, an inter-agency collaboration developed the Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings: Field Guide (NBFG), which serves as a compilation and summary of existing WHO standards of care for newborn health with additional guidance on how to provide newborn services in the context of a humanitarian setting.
This online toolkit was created as an essential component to the field guide to house useful documentation, tools for training, technical guidance and logistics management to support all health professionals working in newborn health in humanitarian or conflict and emergency settings. If you or your colleagues have any materials to add to this toolkit, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org