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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.

Protecting Pregnant Women from Malaria – A Missed “Quick Win”

[P]regnant women were harboring the malaria parasite but most of them were asymptomatic. They neither suspected having malaria nor were they trying to find out if they were infected.

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Understanding How Gut Microbiota Affect Child Health

Understanding How Gut Microbiota Affect Child Health

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Bending the Curve and Saving Newborn Lives

This week, The Lancet medical journal published a new study detailing a simplified treatment with antibiotics that is a true breakthrough in the global approach to neonatal infection.

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How to Bend the Curve on Newborn Mortality – Key Learnings from Uganda

Today a special issue on Newborn Health in Global Health Action is being launched to share the experience of how to scale up a cost-effective package of newborn care that involves families, community health workers and health facilities. What this study shows is that it is both possible and feasible to improve life-saving practices during pregnancy, childbirth and in the first weeks after birth among families in poor rural communities.

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Measles: Preventing a Predictable Consequence of the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Once the EVD outbreak is on the retreat, every effort should be made by partners and the affected countries to reinstitute routine health services, including immunization.

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