A new tool for newborn health: chlorhexidine

In 1998, the World Health Organization¬†(WHO)¬†released guidelines for umbilical cord-stump care. Their recommendation at that time was that antimicrobials need not be applied unless warranted by local conditions, which could result in higher infection risk. In those guidelines, the WHO also acknowledged that more evidence was required concerning possible benefits of antiseptic use. In response, … Continue reading “A new tool for newborn health: chlorhexidine”

MDG 5: World Leaders – Are You Listening?

As world leaders meet this week at the UN Summit to review progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it is essential that they ask themselves one question: Are the present global benchmark indicators for maternal health enough? The answer is no. Right now, the indicators we are using neither measure what we want to … Continue reading “MDG 5: World Leaders – Are You Listening?”