The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 116 million babies have been born since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and on Thursday called for governments to maintain lifesaving services for pregnant women and newborns that are under increasing threat from strained health services and supply chains.
After more than four years of grinding conflict in Yemen, healthcare for mothers and their babies is “on the brink of collapse”, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday, in a report that highlights the difficulties of childbirth and parenting in a war zone.
This Monday, top stories includes: the “catastrophic” cost of maternal healthcare; UN condemnation following violence against protesters in Sudan and the killing of a journalist in Chad; and the urgent need for sustainability highlighted through an exhibit in Geneva and a special event in London.
Excessive bleeding after childbirth still kills around 70,000 mothers a year, but a new heat-resistant drug called carbetocin, which does not need refrigeration, could now save “thousands of women’s lives” in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. WHO spokesperson Gregory Hartl calls it a potential “game-changer” for women’s health.