California doctors came together and brought the state maternal death rate way down.

JUBA,-- As violence continues in some parts of South Sudan, some health professionals in the war-torn country remain committed to saving lives despite difficult working conditions and shortage of drugs. And these include male midwives and nurses.

Michael Mayen Peter, 31, a male midwife at Wau Teaching hospital in the northwest Wau State, told Xinhua in a recent interview that they have to work day and night in shifts in overcrowded wards amid shortage of drugs and equipment in order to save high number of mothers in labor pains and also treat several cases of preventable diseases at the country's second largest hospital.

Philippines – The Philippines finally achieved maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination (MNTE) status, said Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III on Wednesday, November 29.

The country's MNTE status was declared through a joint mission by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

"The health department faced numerous challenges to reach even isolated and conflict-affected communities, teaching the importance of clean birth deliveries attended by a medical professional, and convincing pregnant and reproductive age women to get vaccinated with tetanus-toxoid containing vaccine," said Duque."Thanks to our health workers and our partners UNICEF and WHO, achieving less than one NT case per 1,000 live births per province or city is a big stride towards realization of universal health care, especially for the mothers and newborns who come from poor communities," he added.


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