Pakistani Coalitions Save Newborn Lives through Chlorhexidine Distribution

In 2016, an initiative to deliver a life-saving inexpensive drug called chlorhexidine (CHX) to all newborns in Pakistan was launched by the Pakistani Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation, and Coordination, CHX National Working Group, and USAID’s JSI-managed Health Systems Strengthening Component. Dr. Nadeem Hassan explains why this partnership is important to improving newborn health outcomes.

Kangaroo Mother Care—High on Evidence, Low on Reach

Every year, more than 20 million infants are born weighing less than 2.5 kg—over 96% of them in developing countries. These low birth weight infants are at an increased risk of early growth retardation, infectious disease, developmental delay, and death during infancy and childhood. Conventional neonatal care can be expensive and resource intensive. Kangaroo Mother Care is a low-resource, safe, and effective alternative to care for low birth weight and/or preterm newborns, and it has been shown to reduce mortality among low birth weight newborns by up to 36%.

Next Steps Necessary for Improving Nigeria’s Low Immunization Rates

It makes good sense to invest in routine immunizations. It gives one of the highest returns on investment—up to 44 dollars for every one dollar spent. In this blog post, Dr. Folake Olayinka outlines the steps that Nigeria can take to improve its low immunization rates and strengthen its routine immunization system.

Launching a Revolution: Sayana Press Introduction in Benin

On September 26, World Contraception Day 2017, the Beninese Ministry of Health will formally launch Sayana Press—a small, easy-to-use, prefilled, three-month injectable contraceptive that is expanding the contraceptive method mix. Given the enthusiastic response from clients, service providers, and policymakers, Sayana Press has the potential to revolutionize contraceptive use in Benin.

Strengthening Sierra Leone Health Systems: Applying Lessons from the 2014 Ebola Outbreak to Future Emergencies

There is still much to be done, of course. But Sierra Leone is on its way to a health system that meets the needs of its people—and, given the toll that Ebola took, is ready to confront the next infectious disease—be it Ebola or some other virus—with stronger, better-prepared health services.

What LMICs Can Learn about Health Insurance from the ACA

These days, it’s rare to point to the U.S. health sector as a model for anything other than chaos and complexity, but there are both lessons learned from mistakes and occasional beacons of hope like the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program that can be instructive for countries—especially low- and middle-income countries—seeking to stretch limited health funding to achieve universal health coverage.

Chlorhexidine Scale-Up in Nepal — Reflecting on Achievements and Planning for the Future

As the first country to achieve nationwide scale-up of chlorhexidine for newborn cord care, Nepal has become a “living university” for the world. Its experience provides crucial evidence, lessons learned, and resources for other countries seeking to introduce or scale-up chlorhexidine.