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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.


Helping Reduce Child Pneumonia Deaths in Cambodian Rural Communities

The Malaria Consortium's Pneumonia Diagnostics Project is taking on the challenge of reducing under-five pneumonia deaths by finding the best tools to diagnose its symptoms.

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Improving Primary Health Care in Nigeria: What’s Needed Now

There is a growing commitment by Nigerian policymakers to address gaps in the health care system, including a strong focus on primary health care – the frontline of health. However, poor health outcomes persist throughout the country. No one appreciates more than we do that building a high-performing health care system, accessible to all, in our country is a great challenge, yet we are optimistic that Nigeria is on the right path.

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Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering

We have just completed our review of the first round of proposals for the Grand Challenges Explorations topic entitled “Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering,”

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ORS Is a Magic Elixir That Saves Lives

Oral rehydration solution (ORS) is a simple, cheap and effective intervention that has prevented millions of deaths from diarrhea-related dehydration.

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What’s It Like to Have Malaria in a Remote Area?

It was late at night, but the boda boda arrived very quickly, which was important as Jalia was so sick.

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