Improving the Quality of Maternal and Newborn Health in Low-Resource Settings: Lessons from the Saving Mothers, Giving Life Program

Improving the Quality of Maternal and Newborn Health in Low-Resource Settings: Lessons from the Saving Mothers, Giving Life Program

By: Claudia Morrissey Conlon, U.S. Government Lead, Saving Mothers, Giving Life; Senior Maternal and Newborn Health Advisor, USAID For maternal and child health advocates, witnessing the declines in maternal and newborn mortality over the past 25 years—especially the accelerated reductions during the last decade—has been encouraging. However, the reality that these largely preventable deaths continue to occur primarily in low-resource settings should heighten our resolve to end this egregious global public health inequity. As we…

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Misoprostol for postpartum hemorrhage: empowering health workers to save lives

Misoprostol for postpartum hemorrhage: empowering health workers to save lives

By: Shafia Rashid, Senior Technical Advisor, Family Care International (FCI) Program of Management Sciences for Health In Senegal, approximately 1,800 women lose their lives every year while giving birth. The major cause of these deaths is uncontrolled bleeding after childbirth, or postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). More than half of Senegalese women live in rural areas and have limited access to well-equipped health facilities that can prevent or treat many of these deaths. Many women give birth,…

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Experiences and perceptions of Ghanaian midwives on labour pain and religious beliefs and practices influencing their care of women in labour

Experiences and perceptions of Ghanaian midwives on labour pain and religious beliefs and practices influencing their care of women in labour

Open access Lydia AziatoEmail authorView ORCID ID profile, Hannah Antwi Ohemeng and Cephas N. Omenyo Abstract Background Beliefs surrounding pain during childbirth has biblical foundations that contribute to labour pain being viewed as a natural phenomenon. Contemporary health care promotes evidence-based labour pain management but the faith of the midwife may influence her midwifery practice regarding labour pain management. Therefore this study sought to gain in-depth insight into the experiences and perceptions of midwives regarding labour pain and the religious beliefs and…

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Risk score accurately predicts which pregnant and postpartum women would benefit most from PrEP

Risk score accurately predicts which pregnant and postpartum women would benefit most from PrEP

By Michael Carter A risk score based on routine assessments carried out during antenatal care in resource-limited settings can accurately predict which pregnant and breastfeeding women have an especially high risk of infection with HIV and would therefore benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), investigators report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Predictors of infection with HIV included a partner of unknown HIV status, number of lifetime sexual partners, syphilis, bacterial vaginosis and vaginal…

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