newborn health

Keep mothers and newborns together, new health research says

The UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, highlighted the risks of separating newborns from mothers, with new research showing that up to 125,000 lives could be saved by keeping them together to ensure skin-to-skin contact. 

New partnership to boost maternal and newborn health in East and Southern Africa

Some 10,000 health workers will be trained to support mothers and newborns in Africa through a partnership between the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and Laerdal Global Health, the non-profit arm of a Norwegian company that provides innovative training, educational and therapy solutions for emergency medical care and patient safety.

Breastfeeding link to COVID-19 is negligible, says World Health Organization

The risk of COVID-19 infection from breastfeeding is negligible and has never been documented, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, in a call for greater support for the practice. 

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.

New Year’s Day a reminder of need for action to prevent newborn deaths: UNICEF

The world will welcome more than 392,000 babies on New Year’s Day, according to estimates from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 

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 16 May 2019

  • Fears over rising Ebola infections in DR Congo, lack of funding for safe burials 
  • More than 20 million babies born with a low birthweight, warns UN report 
  • Healthy diets vital for progress in Laos say UN food agencies 
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On the first day of 2019, over 395,000 babies to be born worldwide: UNICEF

As the calendar flips to 2019, about 395,072 babies will be born around the world, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday, adding that a quarter will be born in South Asia alone.

Breastfeeding in first crucial hour is ‘the foundation of life’ – UNICEF expert

Failing to breastfeed in the first hour after birth, puts newborns at higher risk of death and disease, and makes mothers less likely to persevere with breastfeeding, says UNICEF, together with the World Health Organization (WHO) in a new report to mark the start of World Breastfeeding Week.  UNICEF Nutrition Specialist for infants and young children, Maaike Arts, spoke to UN News.

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New guidelines on global care standards during childbirth issued by UN health agency

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.