maternal health

Coronavirus: Health system overload threatens pregnant women and newborns

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.

News in Brief 21 April 2020

  • COVID-19 could cause acute food insecurity for 250 million people, say UN agencies
  • Massive floods in DRC’s South Kivu impact 80,000 people, kill dozens
  • Iron deficiency guidelines unveiled for pregnant women and infants
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Sudan: Lives of traumatized, displaced women in West Darfur under threat

Ongoing instability in Sudan’s West Darfur region has left the lives, health and safety of thousands of women hanging in the balance, according to the  United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. 

Yemen: maternal and newborn health ‘on the brink of total collapse’, UNICEF alerts

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.

News in Brief 3 June 2019

  • Catastrophic’ healthcare costs that put mothers and newborns at risk
  • UNESCO chief condemns journalist killing in Chad
  • Canada exhibition set on awakening need for sustainability
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Monday’s Daily Brief: the cost of maternal healthcare, Sudan and Chad updates, sustainability in focus

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.

‘Catastrophic’ healthcare costs put mothers and newborns at risk

Pregnant women are putting their lives and their babies at risk because of “catastrophic” and prohibitive healthcare costs before, during and after childbirth, UNICEF said on Monday.

‘Game-changer’ drug could save thousands of women’s lives in childbirth, says WHO

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.

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Midwives ‘lead the way with quality care’, as world marks International Day

Midwives are vital to driving sustainable development and key to helping mothers, and expectant-mothers, make informed, healthy choices, said the United Nations health agency’s chief nurse on Friday.

News in Brief 15 February 2018

  • Decline in Afghan civilian casualties but targeted killings increase: UNAMA
  • UN chief expresses “profound sadness” at mass shooting in Florida school
  • “Individualized, supportive care” is key to healthy childbirth: WHO
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