One day, a little boy went to visit his grandmother. He lived in a small, rural village of 1,000 inhabitants in the highlands of Madagascar. He and his grandmother sat together, contemplating life and watching a beautiful sunset on her balcony.
Written by Dr. Koki Agarwal, Director, Maternal & Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) The Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD), developed by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, is being released today. [...]
Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhea Urges Governments and Partners to Take Immediate Steps to Achieve Impact
Millions of children’s lives can be saved from pneumonia and diarrhea through coordinated effort.
In developing countries, many newborns pass away because they are exposed to germs and pathogens that cause infection. In fact, about a quarter of all newborn deaths are due to infections. However, a new medicine called chlorhexidine (CHX) has been proven very effective in preventing infection, also called newborn sepsis. Last week, a group of practitioners gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss countries’ progress in introducing and scaling up the use of CHX, and the way forward. I was honored to be part of this group.
For more context on the event, read Better Cord Care Saves Babies Lives: Panel Discussion, written by Leela Khanal, Project Director of the Chlorexidine ‘Navi’ Care Program. [View the story "Highlights from #CHX2013" on Storify] [View the story "Highlights [...]
In November, Senegal became the ninth country in the “meningitis belt” (a band of 26 countries stretching from Senegal to Ethiopia) to introduce the effective, low-cost MenAfriVac™ vaccine through the Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP), a partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO) and PATH.
The ultimate goal of immunization programs to reduce morbidity, mortality and disability from preventable diseases, but the intermediate objective is to deliver effective, safe, timely and affordable immunization services. But what works?
It is time for international attention to children’s health to shift focus to the newborn period – a crucial time of life that requires specific strategies.
In recent years, the world of immunization has been dominated by a focus on life-saving vaccines and the prevention of individual diseases. The global community has launched what is being called the “Decade of Vaccines.” Not a week goes by without a major medical journal publishing articles with exciting news on the development, efficacy, value, supply, and financing of new vaccines.
I was in Moscow in May with leaders from the United States obstetrical and neonatology communities and their Russian counterparts who had all gathered to discuss best practices and current issues in maternal and infant health care.