Newborn Health

Unicef hails progress on reducing child mortality

Unicef has commended the success of efforts to tackle child mortality in the world's most deprived areas. According to the international body, 90 million children would have died under the age of five if child mortality rates had stayed at the level recorded in 1990...

FIGO Statement on World Prematurity Day

17 November 2013 marks World Prematurity Day. It is a key moment to generate national level attention towards cost-effective solutions for prevention and care, and towards supporting families who have experienced a preterm birth.

Air pollution linked to low birth weight

A new report suggests that if urban air pollution in Europe were reduced, a "substantial proportion" of cases of low birth weight could be prevented. Published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine this week, the study used data from more than 70,000 pregnancies across 12 countries and took...

Contaminated drinking water linked to birth defects

The children of women exposed to contaminated drinking water during pregnancy are more likely to be born prematurely - or with low birth weights - and experience lifelong cognitive difficulties, according to a recent study.

Jamaica's plan to prevent teenage pregnancies

In advance of 2013's State of World Population report coming out on October 30th which will look at the issues surrounding adolescent pregnancies, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has taken a look at what Jamaica is doing to prevent unwanted births to adolescents, but also to ensure...

New Zealand records drop in perinatal mortality

New Zealand's perinatal mortality rate has fallen significantly for the first time since analyses began, the country's Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) has reported...

Liberia announces neonatal health care initiatives

Liberia has announced that it has approved the use of 7.1 per cent Clorhexidine Digluconate (four per cent free chiorhexidine) (CHX) to tackle umbilical cord infections.

Tanzania to build exclusive maternal and newborn health facility

The president of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete has instructed the Dar es Salaam regional authorities to construct a new clinical facility that would be used solely for the purpose of improving the region's maternal and newborn health care...

Nigeria needs 'greater awareness' about malaria related maternal deaths

Malaria is responsible for 11 per cent of maternal deaths in Nigeria, it has been claimed. Professor Emmanuel Otolorin, Jhpiego country director, said there is a need to create awareness about the dangers of the disease to ensure pregnant women and children have access to malaria commodities,...

Scoring system for newborn intensive care units 'needs to be revised'

The scores used to determine the effectiveness of newborn intensive care units (NICU) have little consistency, according to new research. Scientists at the University of Michigan published the results of their study, which compared ten widely used scores to evaluate NICUs, in the journal Pediatrics.