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Implementation Toolkit for Small & Sick Newborn Care - June Newsletter

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TOGETHER! Join us and Spread the word about Small and Sick Newborn Care!


  • Lets build a Community of Practice together!

News


  • Born Too Soon - Decade of Action on Preterm Birth launched on 10th May at IMNHC 2023

  • Born Too Soon press release: 152 million babies born preterm in the last decade

  • Small Vulnerable Newborns - series from the Lancet Journals launched on 9th May at IMNHC 2023

  • KMC - New WHO resources released to help more preterm and low birthweight babies benefit from Kangaroo Mother Care

Implementers and Parents voices


  • Joy Lawn: BBC Africa Daily podcast on 'why are survival rates for premature babies so low?'

  • Dr Nahya Salim: BBC - Focus on Africa interview on preterm births & Born Too Soon report

  • #BornTooSoon Story – Chinyere Ezeaka

Upcoming Events


  • Family centred care webinar on neonatal follow up


TOGETHER! Join us and spread the word on Small and Sick Newborn Care!


Lets build a Community of Practice together!



Join our growing Community of Practice for Small and Sick Newborn Care! Sign up using the link below and share with your network of implementers to collectively learn about and contribute towards the latest news, resources, tools and events for newborn health globally.


News

Born Too Soon - Decade of Action on Preterm Birth launched on 10th May at IMNHC 2023



A decade on, more than 70 organisations with more than 140 individuals from 46 countries came together to develop Born Too Soon 2023 Decade of action on preterm birth. This updated ambitious report was launched on 10th May at IMNHC.


Born Too Soon press release: 152 million babies born preterm in the last decade


Born too soon: decade of action on preterm birth, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) sounds the alarm on a “silent emergency” of preterm birth, long under-recognized in its scale and severity, hindering progress in children surviving and thriving.



Small Vulnerable Newborns - series from the Lancet Journals launched on 9th May at IMNHC 2023

The Lancet series - Small Vulnerable Newborns launched at IMNHC is a collection of five articles unpacking the pathways of newborns being born too soon or too small and the evidence-based interventions that, if fully implemented would be the catalyst for small vulnerable newborns, mothers, and society to survive and thrive.


This Lancet series brings together preterm birth, small for gestational age and low-birth-weight under the term "Small Vulnerable Newborns" (SVN) to contribute to surviving and thriving women, newborns, children, adults, and societies.


KMC - New WHO resources released to help more preterm and low birthweight babies benefit from Kangaroo Mother Care



Two publications (Global position paper and Implementation Strategy) were released by the World Health Organization (WHO)for the expansion of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) within health facilities and at home. These publications are meant to serve as supplements to the[WHO recommendations for care of the preterm or low-birth-weight infant]- published in November 2022 which recommend KMC as the essential standard of care for small and sick preterm newborns starting right after birth.

Implementers and parents voices


Joy Lawn: BBC Africa Daily podcast on 'why are survival rates for premature babies so low?'



For Africa Daily, Mpho Lakaje interviewed Miriam, a nurse and the mother of two premature babies, and Professor Joy Lawn, who’s worked in neonatal care across Africa and is one of the authors of the "Born Too Soon" report.


Dr Nahya Salim: BBC - Focus on Africa interview on preterm births & Born Too Soon report


Focus on Africa interviewed Dr Nahya Salim. Causes of preterm birth were explored as well as other strategies to prevent preterm deaths such as girl education and good quality antenatal care.


#BornTooSoon Story – Chinyere Ezeaka



This article features Professor Ezeaka - head of the Neonatology-Perinatology Unit at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria who for more than 20 years has championed newborn health, and is actively involved in advocacy, teaching, clinical practice and research.


Upcoming Events



SAVE THE DATE: Family Centred Care Webinar on Neonatal follow up.


Tuesday 27th June 20238am EDT | 1pm BST | 2pm CEST | 3pm EAT | 5:30pm IST


This seminar will focus on neonatal follow up for small and sick newborn care with examples from Low-and-Middle-Income Countries, including India.


Supported by the Chiesi Foundation.

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