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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.

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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Vaccine Heroes and the Work Ahead

In Mohsand, India, community health workers prioritize vaccinations.

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Making Childbirth Safer: It Takes a Sales Force

If no one cares when someone takes the trouble to do things right, nothing changes - burnout and discouragement among health workers around the world is high. The BetterBirth Program is tackling these and many other challenges head on in facilities in Uttar Pradesh, one of India's most disadvantaged states.

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Responding to Kangaroo Mother Care Users: How can we make KMC easier for mothers?

How can we make it easier for mothers to continue to practice Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) at home? We aim to find out through product innovation and implementation research.

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A Major Milestone in the Fight Against Malaria

We can beat malaria. We’re halfway there. Now we need to get the job done.

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