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Newborn Deaths Decrease but Account for Higher Share of Global Child Deaths

Fewer newborns are dying worldwide, but progress is too slow and Africa particularly is being left further behind. These are the findings of a new study published in the medical journal PLoS Medicine today. The study covering 20 years and all 193 WHO Member States was led by researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO), Save the Children and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The estimates are based on more data than ever and extensive consultations with countries. The study shows detailed trends over time and forecasts potential future progress.

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The Business Case: Why and How Should Industry Engage in Maternal and Newborn Health?

Why does the role of industry matter in maternal and newborn health (MNH) and how can the private sector best engage in this field? This Business Case report provides resources and recommendations for how and why industry players can partner with MNH organizations—using a business-centric approach.
 
This 2011 updated edition now features a “Voices of Industry” section, where corporate leaders and their MNH partners share thoughtful ideas and approaches that industry can apply towards creating impactful change in MNH in the Asia Pacific and beyond.
 
Read this Business Case report, part of the NBR Center for Health and Aging’s Impact & Innovation Series, to learn about key ways the private sector can contribute to the field of MNH, including:
 

• How can industry contribute to implementing or promoting improvements in MNH outcomes in developing countries in a sustainable yet still business-minded way?

• How can businesses contribute to ensuring that innovations, products, and modern technologies for MNH, and health more broadly, reach those most in need?

• How can companies whose core business is not overtly focused on mothers and babies still engage and contribute to improving MNH—beyond simply writing a check?
 

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In South Africa, a neonatal care initiative saves lives

It’s a sad fact that 83 per cent of children in Limpopo province live in poverty. So you’d assume that Malamulele District Hospital probably performs poorly – especially since most of South Africa’s infant mortality rates are linked to district hospitals.

 

But you would be mistaken. This hospital, despite its humble status, is a beacon of hope in the province. It has seen a 30 percent reduction in deaths since 2006 and its neonatal unit has reduced the number of exposed infants who test positive for HIV at six weeks of age. It was around 13 percent in 2007. By 2010, it had dropped to around six percent.

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Maternal Deaths Focus Harsh Light on Uganda

Jennifer Anguko was slowly bleeding to death right in the maternity ward of a major public hospital. Only a lone midwife was on duty, the hospital later admitted, and no doctor examined her for 12 hours. An obstetrician who investigated the case said Ms. Anguko, the mother of three young children, had arrived in time to be saved .

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Chiefs: Secret weapon in maternal health fight?

 Patricia Zakaliya feared breaking the by-law set by her village head, Traditional Authority Kwataine and so she covered a journey of more than three kilometres on foot from her village to Madzanje Turn-off just to get a lift to Ntcheu District Hospital. This was a journey to give birth to her first child. In 2006, T/A Kwataine and other village heads put up 12 by-laws to encourage pregnant women to go for antenatal checkups and deliver their babies at the hospital. This was done to help reduce maternal deaths.

 

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