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.

Simple solutions to global problems: How two medicines promise life for mothers and infants in Nigeria

  When each of my three children was born, a stream of nurses and doctors made sure that my wife and children would be safe. In many countries around the world, however, the situation is far different: the availability of medicines and skilled health workers are not assured. Therefore, there are no guarantees of a … Continue reading “Simple solutions to global problems: How two medicines promise life for mothers and infants in Nigeria”

Limited network? No problem! Using cell phones to collect data in resource constrained settings

Sierra Leone isn’t renowned for its network connectivity or technology. Only 38% of the population has a mobile phone, and only 1.6% of the population has reliable internet access. Even in resource limited sites, mobile data collection platforms have proven to be smart solutions to ensure high-quality real-time data as long as they’re tailored to local contexts.

A tough road to build a healthy nation

In Timor Leste, where development indicators and immunization coverage are among the worst in Asia, an immunization intervention implemented by JSI is increasing the effectiveness, quality, and accessibility of immunization services.

The first 28 days: Simple interventions save newborn lives

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.

Saving newborn lives in Ethiopia

I was recently in Ethiopia for the JSI Global Maternal and Child Health Conference and spent a day visiting a health post that’s supported by JSI’s Saving Newborn Lives initiative. Saving Newborn Lives works to make sure that more babies are attended to in their first seven days of life.

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”