Balaka, Malawi—In the maternity ward at Balaka District Hospital, a new mother firmly swaddles a baby to her chest with a chitenje (cloth wrapper). Mothers of premature and low weight babies born here, and those referred from other health centers in the district, are now being encoura
By Grace Jacoby Kathmandu, Nepal, Nov. 17 — More than 100 health care providers gathered at the Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital to celebrate World Prematurity Day and learn about the causes, challenges, and ways forward for the 15 million preterm babies born each
The Access to Clinical and Community Maternal, Neonatal and Women’s Health Services (ACCESS) Program was a 5-year global program, sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), that improved the health and survival of mothers and their newborns in more than
Jakarta, Indonesia—Restiani was just 28-weeks pregnant when she went into labor. Her husband, Martudilah, drove her by motorbike on the 30-minute journey to their public hospital where she gave birth to a premature, underweight boy, Edgar. Hamriani was much further along—38 weeks. She
Imagine you’re a mother who just gave birth to a 28-week-old baby. If you live in a high-income country, there’s a 90 percent chance your baby will survive and go home with you. If you live in a low-income country, there’s a 90 percent chance your baby will die within the first few da
Lucknow, India—The delivery was normal, the mother was fine, but her newborn son hadn’t cried yet. Sarita Pal, the nurse assisting with the birth, acted quickly. As the mother’s worried and expectant looks followed her, Pal scooped up the unresponsive baby, thoroughly dried him, immed
Through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) in Mozambique, 2.5 million prenatal care appointments were conducted, 888,087 women received counseling and testing for HIV, 5,839 health workers were traine
Mithi, Pakistan—For years, Lateefan Chandio fought for permission to attend an all-boys primary school—the only option for education in her village. Her parents agreed, but it wasn’t a smooth road for this young girl from a poor family in rural Pakistan.