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Prematurity matters - we must act now

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?

Reducing Maternal Deaths in Malawi

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.

Newborns deserve our attention now

The communities acted … but more actions needed to save our babies

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.

What is the real extent of maternal mortality in Ghana?

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.

Working together for our newborns

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.

Prematurity Matters: Act Now!

What will you do to save our babies born too soon? MamaYe has created these infographics for World Prematurity Day 2014 - for anyone who wants to take action - health worker, activist, and parents-to-be.

World Prematurity Day 2013: an infographic

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.

Who would not act if five planes crashed every day in Tanzania?

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 Supports Launch Of MamaYe Campaign by Abdul R. Bedor

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.