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%.
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.
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.
In India, JSI has adopted a consultative, evidence-based, sequenced approach to developing a strategy for increasing private sector engagement in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health services so as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both infants and mothers. It is critical during the first six months of life as it is a complete source of nutrition for babies and helps prevent diarrhea which is one of the major causes of death in infants. It also contributes to optimal cognitive development.
Mothers are never alone in making choices about how to feed their children. Husbands, mothers-in-law, friends, village elders, doctors, employers, and even policymakers who surround mothers influence their nutrition practices. It makes sense that we need to engage these influencers as well as mothers to facilitate sustainable change.
Mobile data collection is an exciting new tool that complements our approach to conducting surveys. Here are four lessons we learned about mobile data collection from our Resiliency in Northern Ghana project team and some tips to help in your own work.
In 2015, more than 300,000 women died in childbirth. The vast majority of these deaths could have been prevented. Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the leading cause of maternal death and accounts for an estimated 19 percent of maternal deaths. Who will hemorrhage after delivery is unpredictable but if untreated, PPH can kill a woman within 2 hours.
The objective of the Community Benefits Health pilot in Ghana was to influence women’s social networks and generate community-level support, leading to improved knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy, and maternal health behaviors. It was determined that using social network analysis to strengthen interventions focused on shifting social norms significantly improved uptake of maternal health and pregnancy behaviors.
Community health workers can meet women in their homes to provide accurate information, counseling, and contraceptives. This intimate service provision allows women and men to decide for themselves, perhaps for the first time, the number, timing, and spacing of their children.