MARCH-ing forward from 2016: a message from the Centre Director

by Professor Joy Lawn, Director of the MARCH Centre (@joylawn)   2016 was billed as a year of change from the perspective of global development, transitioning from the MDG-era to the SDG framework for the next 15 years. However, none of us (or the pollsters) predicted what a tumultuous year this would be for national-level […]

Researcher Lenka Benova receives MARCH Career Re-entry Fellowship

In October, the MARCH Centre awarded a £30,000 career re-entry fellowship to LSHTM researcher Lenka Benova. The fellowship has been made possible by a generous donation by The Millby Foundation, a private charitable foundation.   by Lenka Beňová (@lenkabenova) All over the globe, women are warned that their lives will never be the same after […]

Reflections from a research stay at MARCH centre by Amanda Cleeve

By Amanda Cleeve, RNM, MSc, PhD-student Department of Women´s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden   This spring I did a research stay at MARCH centre over a period of 10 weeks. As a midwife and a PhD-student with global health education and interest, MARCH centre was an obvious choice for me. I find almost anything […]

Launch of ENAP inpatient care for small and sick newborns online survey on World Prematurity Day

How should we measure inpatient care for small and sick newborns? Launch of online Every Newborn Action Plan survey on World Prematurity Day on the 17th November! An estimated 2.7 million newborns die each year – many of these deaths occur in small and sick babies. Many newborn lives could be saved, and illness prevented, with […]

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 […]