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.
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new guidelines on global care standards throughout labour and immediately after childbirth aimed at reducing the use of needless and potentially harmful routine clinical and medical interventions.