Today a new national five-year strategy and a policy for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) was launched in Sierra Leone, which aims to help reduce maternal and child deaths in the country.

Sierra Leone currently has among the highest rates of maternal and child mortality globally, as well as high incidence of teenage pregnancy. Current estimates suggest that up to 6 percent of women in Sierra Leone will die from maternal causes during their reproductive life. Based on the latest UN figures released, the country has an estimated under-5 mortality rate of 114/1000 live births which means that 1 in 9 children lose their life before their fifth birthday.

The use of biologic therapy for rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy did not significantly increase risk for developing serious or opportunistic infections among infants, according to findings presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting.

“The question we are attempting to address with this analysis is whether or not patients who take one of the biologic medications during pregnancy are at increased risk of having an infant with a serious or opportunistic infection in the first year of life,” Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, co-director of the Center for Better Beginnings and director of the University of California – San Diego ACTRI Center for Life Course Research, said during her presentation.

30 October 2017 – Pakistan, together with all other countries in the world, is committed to achieving the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are ambitious and demand fast track accelerated actions. There is a dire need for urgency and commitment at all levels to achieve the goals.

Alison ChuMD, FAAPNeoReviews Early Career Physician

Last year, I was receiving sign out for a low-acuity Los Angeles County NICU, when I realized that more than half of the neonates hospitalized there had been admitted for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) monitoring and/or treatment. Moreover, I found two additional things to be striking: (1) the broad range of substances, licit to illicit, that the mothers had been taking during pregnancy, and (2) the prolonged hospital stay for these infants, with some having been in the unit for more than a month.

JAYAPURA, Indonesia — Indonesia has some of the highest rates of maternal mortality in Southeast Asia, and one of the biggest factors affecting the rate of maternal deaths is a lack of access. Local midwives in remote corners of the country are on the frontlines of primary care, but many women in poor and rural settings don’t have access to such care — and even when services are accessible, the quality varies.

Maternal mortality remains a global issue. Despite a significant reduction in recent years — falling by half between 1990 and 2015 — some 216 women per 100,000 live births still die each year. Now, Sustainable Development Goal 3 on healthy lives and well-being is aiming to reduce the number of women dying due to complications in childbirth to less than 70 per 100,000 live births. This is a huge challenge, and one that many countries are struggling to meet, particularly in a country such as Indonesia, where the numbers fell by just 5 percent in the same time period.

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