Today we celebrate World Prematurity Day. Prematurity matters because babies born too soon are so vulnerable to death or disability. If leaders are serious about reducing the number of newborns who die in their countries they will take prematurity very seriously. The solutions are now well known and relatively low technology. Why is progress so slow?
On April 6, 2014 Former President of Malawi Dr. Joyce Banda said that her government had done so much to improve the lives of mothers and babies. She said that Malawi has improved in reducing the deaths of mothers and new born babies during birth and that Malawi is a model country in the world as other countries are now coming to learn the interventions used to reduce maternal deaths.
Each year, 5.5 million babies enter and leave the world without being recorded and one in three newborns—over 45 million babies—do not have a birth certificate by their first birthday. This is the stark message from the Every Newborn series, published in the Lancet , which I am proud to launch today at the United Nations. I was joined by 55 health experts, from 29 institutions in 18 countries in its development.
I am imagining if I was a community volunteer in a rural setting, what kind of person would I be? Would I be a farmer as well, herder, a tailor? But what’s exciting is that I would be more knowledgeable than many in my village.
Last week a very lively training workshop full of the very best data geeks in Ghana and their Evidence for Action (E4A) collaborators set out to try to find the answer. How high - actually - is the maternal mortality ratio in Ghana? As the convener of the workshop I embarked on the task with great trepidation.
We know that the quality of care available for women needs to improve. That’s why Save the Children has identified this agenda based around essential interventions around birth, that a properly-skilled midwife or trained healthworker can deliver to save newborn lives.
MamaYe celebrates World Prematurity Day. One in three newborn deaths are due to preterm birth complications. Babies born too soon are between 6 and 26 times more likely to die during the first four weeks of their lives than babies born at term. Many of these deaths could be prevented, even in low-resource countries.
Most of us know personally or have heard of a woman who has passed away due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth. The tragic truth is that most of these deaths of our Tanzanian mothers and babies during pregnancy or childbirth are in fact entirely preventable.
Africell, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation among other partners; on Friday 17th May, 2013 supported the MamaYe campaign to reduce maternal and child mortality at the British Council Hall, Tower Hill in Freetown.