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African Health Stats - because data is power!

After months of careful gathering of the data, deciding the indicators, testing the codes, designing how the numbers will be translated into graphs and maps, consulting with governments across Africa, a new website - www.africanhealthstats.org is finally here.

Fighting High Maternal Mortality Rate in Developing Countries: Battle for a solution-Malawian case study

This is a book whose content is derived from a research study entitled “exploratory research of government health policy with special reference to high maternal mortality rate in Malawi”. It highlights the process taken to identify the major cause of persistent high maternal mortality rate in Malawi and solutions that would reduce the trend.

MamaYe Sierra Leone on AfroElle Magazine

AfroElle magazine interviewed MamaYe Sierra Leone's communications advisor to learn more about MamaYe's work and impact across Africa. November 2014 Issue

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?

Antenatal Corticosteroids in Low-Income Countries: Proceed with caution

For pregnant women at risk of preterm birth, antenatal corticosteroids (ACS) are amongst the most effective hospital-based interventions to reduce newborn death. Giving ACS to a mother in preterm labour helps her baby speed up lung development and reduces the risk of newborn death. However, recent evidence calls into question the safety and effectiveness of ACS use in resource-poor settings.

Faded hope of the mother of a preterm

Accountability for Maternal and Newborn Survival – Rethinking our strategies!

Global efforts to reduce maternal and newborn deaths remain a far cry from reality, at least, according to the World Health Organisation. Despite a plethora of projects and initiatives to halt preventable maternal and newborn deaths, the problem persists.

Reaching people when and where you need to: How to use (and not use) mobile phones for health related messages

"Mobile phones are everywhere these days... It’s no wonder then that then that the health sectors have seized on mobile phones as a way to reach the communities that they serve." In this blog, Dr Judy Gold provides her top three ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ around using mobile phones for health messaging.

Ebola: what does this mean for maternal and newborn health?

Prior to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), progress had been made in improving the health of women and newborns in Sierra Leone.

Facing the Giants..

With the introduction of the MamaYe Clubs in the districts, the biggest question from most partners, community members and all else has been: Can students, who have never been pregnant, educate women on issue of pregnancy and childbirth? Is this not abomination?