Jhpost - March 2019
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A young mother in Indonesia
A young mother in Indonesia uses kangaroo mother care. Photo: Syane Luntungan, Jhpiego
Indonesia Initiative Shows the Way toward Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths
Anne Hyre, who led the Expanding Maternal and Newborn Survival initiative, offers an insider’s perspective on its key achievements and challenges.
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Jhpiego Newsletter | March 2019
Julia Doudu and Rejoice
Newborn Plans
First-time teen moms in Ghana take charge of their lives by going back to school and taking the first steps toward financial independence.
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Debora Bossemeyer
Running for Women’s Lives
Jhpiego’s Debora Bossemeyer covers common ground with a colleague from MSD at Miles for Mothers.
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Resourcefully Yours
The WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist (SCC), a facility-based reminder tool focusing on essential care to improve quality of intrapartum care, is an effective intervention that could potentially avert 40,000 intrapartum deaths in India annually, according to an evaluation study published in Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology. Evidence from this realistic, quasi-experimental study in Rajasthan indicates that the reduction in deaths comes mostly from prevention of stillbirths.
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The first article on Jhpiego’s cluster randomized controlled trial on group antenatal care (G-ANC)—the largest study to date on G-ANC in low- and middle-income countries—appears on the Gates Open Research platform, which publishes a range of materials by Gates-funded researchers, including standard research articles, systematic reviews, study protocols, case reports, and research notes. “Group versus individual antenatal and first year postpartum care” describes the study protocol for the trial in Kenya and Nigeria to test the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of G-ANC.
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Maternity care is a continuum of services, and better care at one stage can predict better care in subsequent stages, note the authors of “Women’s experience of facility-based childbirth care and receipt of an early postnatal check for herself and her newborn in northwestern Tanzania,” published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. A key recommendation made in the paper: for government agencies to create policies and care protocols that incorporate clients’ experience of care as a key component in the quality improvement process.
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