newborn health

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.

Despite drop in under-five mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day – UN report

More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, United Nations agencies said in a new report issued Thursday, which argued that life-saving know-how and technologies must be made readily available – particularly in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – where they are most needed.

Health needs of women and children in conflict zones neglected

The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of development targets agreed by world leaders last September at the UN, will provide an opportunity to address the needs of women a

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