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Celebrate World Prematurity Day with MARCH Centre

World Prematurity Day is a key moment to focus global attention on the leading cause of child deaths under age 5 – complications from preterm birth – which account for over 1 million deaths each year (UNICEF). Without a major push to reduce these deaths, we will not reach the Global Goals, endorsed by 193 […]

Every Newborn Action Plan Metrics: ENAP & INDEPTH Research Protocol Design Workshop

This workshop report presents the main discussions and findings of the ‘Every Newborn Action Plan Metrics ENAP & INDEPTH Research Protocol Design Workshops’ held from the 15th to 17th of June 2016 in Kampala, Uganda. The research focuses on three objectives: 1. Improving household survey capture of stillbirths and neonatal deaths; 2. Improving household survey […]

Every Newborn Action Plan Metrics: Design Workshop for Facility-based Testing of Coverage Metrics

This workshop report presents the main discussions and findings of the ‘Every Newborn Action Plan Metrics Design Workshop for Facility-based Testing of Coverage Metrics’ held from the 20th to 22nd of April 2016 in Old Windsor, UK. The main focus of this workshop was to enable technical review of the plans for facility-based research and to […]

Countdown to 2015 Country Case Studies: Analysing progress towards maternal and child survival in the Millennium Development Goal era

Countdown to 2015 for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival (Countdown) began in 2003, monitoring and analysing country progress towards achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 (reduce child mortality) and 5 (improve maternal health). For 12 years Countdown synthesised data on coverage and its key determinants across the continuum of care for women’s and children’s health. […]

Why can’t we save the world’s babies from sepsis? It’s down to a lack of data

Elizabeth Fitchett, Visiting Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Paediatrics Academic Clinical Fellow, Institute of Child Health, UCL Fast-acting, potentially fatal, and ruthlessly unpredictable – every health professional fears sepsis in their patients. Last week, on 13 September, was World Sepsis Day—a wake-up call to governments and society that the number of deaths from […]

True Magnitude of Stillbirths and Maternal Deaths Underreported

COUNTING AND REVIEWING EVERY BIRTH AND DEATH IS KEY TO PREVENTING FUTURE TRAGEDIES News release — GENEVA  The day of birth is potentially the most dangerous time for mothers and babies. Every year, worldwide, 303 000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth, 2.7 million babies die during the first 28 days of life and 2.6 […]

MARCH Career re-entry fellowship: applications now open

Career re-entry fellowships Deadline for Applications by 1 September 2016 The Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH) Centre is awarding one career re-entry fellowship to academic staff returning to academia. One fellowship, worth £30,000 is available and will act as bridging funding to an academic staff member returning to the School following a period […]

2nd Anniversary of the Launch of ENAP

June 2016 marks the second anniversary of the launch of the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP). To commemorate the anniversary, HNN published two blogs on the progress of the ENAP country implementation and metrics efforts: ENAP Progress Tracking Report released Progress for Every Newborn metrics HNN encourages partners to use this platform as an opportunity to highlight the progress ENAP […]

Funding Opportunities available through Grand Challenges Canada

Grand Challenges Canada has two new open funding opportunities open to applicants in low- and middle-income countries and Canada: Stars in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Saving Brains. Of particular interest are innovations to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in humanitarian contexts, notably among internally displaced and refugee populations, as well […]

Making early child development (ECD) count – new global and regional estimates for low and middle income countries.

Limitations of child development metrics pose a major challenge in policy and programming efforts to improve early child development outcomes in LMIC settings. Until this week, global estimates have been based on proxy measures including prevalence stunting and extreme poverty.1 Newly published data from McCoy DC et al, funded by the Saving Brains Programme, Grand […]