By Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children. Follow Carolyn Miles at @carolynsave. Fifteen years have passed since a husband and wife team in western India challenged the notion that the deaths of thousands of mothers and millions of babies during pregnancy and childbirth are inevitable in poor and remote communities. Drs. Abhay and Rani Bang trained a battalion of local women to deliver lifesaving care to mothers … Continue reading Can a Village Revolution for Mothers and Newborns Go Global?
Addis Ababa- In Ethiopia there are 4.9 million pregnancies each year of which 84% take place in rural areas. Here in Ethiopia, where the vast majority of women deliver at home, only 32% of maternal, newborn and child health needs are being met by midwives according to the newly released State of Midwifery Report. That is troubling for a country that is making noticeable strides to save … Continue reading How Ethiopia is Scaling Midwifery to Save More Mothers, Newborns
Today the 67th World Health Assembly convened in Geneva, Switzerland. On tap this week will be discussions about health issues ranging from climate change to tuberculosis. Also on the agenda is a key discussion about newborns and the draft of the Every Newborn Action Plan (item 14.2 on the agenda). You might remember that as a network of moms we helped provide comments on the … Continue reading Why Newborns are on the World Health Assembly’s Agenda
Photo: New mothers at a health clinic in Awassa, Ethiopia By virtue of raising families, mothers and fathers know intimately and first-hand how fragile the lives of newborns are. In low- and middle-income countries where resources and trained health workers can be scarce, the chances of survival for newborns are drastically lowered. In fact, the mortality ratios in poorer nations stand in stark contrast to … Continue reading Why Parent Advocates Are Important to the Survival of Newborns
In 2014 newborns the world over will receive the much-needed attention they need to live and survive. Drawing on all of the great work from last year starting with the Global Newborn Health Conference held in Johannesburg last April leading up until now with the draft of the Every Newborn Action Plan newborns and their survival worldwide will be top on the global agenda as the … Continue reading A Plan to Save More Newborns in 2014 and Beyond