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Topics / Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health

Safeguarding the health of mothers and young children is one of the world’s most urgent priorities and a core focus of our work. Every year in developing countries, millions of mothers and their babies die during childbirth or in the first months of life. These deaths can be prevented.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

Quality, Not Quantity of Care for Maternal and Child Health

It’s not about counting how many times a mother interacts with antenatal services or comes to the facility, but it’s what happens in these encounters that matters.

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Realizations on the Road to Reforming Immunization Supply Chains

A trip to Mozambique sheds light on the potential impact of new immunization supply chain models and the challenges that must be addressed to achieve supply chain system transformation.

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Mentoring a New Generation of Nurses in India―Saving Lives

In 2012 the Bihar government, together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a Mobile Nurse Mentoring Program called AMANAT (meaning “something given in trust”) in public health facilities of Bihar. The project is showing promising results.

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Quality Improvement by Candlelight

The experience of using the quality improvement team approach for vaccine supply chains in Rwanda and Myanmar has shown that these teams are essential to creating sustainable supply systems, led by local leaders and staff.

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The Evidence Is In: Breastfeeding Benefits Children, Mothers and Economies

According to a series of papers released on January 28th in The Lancet, breastfeeding has substantial benefits for all mothers, newborns, and children everywhere, and may produce economic gains for countries across all income levels.

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