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.
Suicide is the leading cause of maternal death in the UK. Mental health problems around pregnancy are thought to cost the country £8bn a year. And the impact on mothers and children can last for decades.
While he was Prime Minister, David Cameron promised to tackle this with a "revolution in mental health care", including targeted support for new mothers.
And Theresa May told the Conservative Party conference this autumn that she would use "all her power" to transform mental health services.
Good news for the dwellers of largest city in Metro Manila: Quezon City is rolling out online information exchange database that seeks to provide quicker and more accessible maternal and neonatal health services to its citizens.
The Quezon City Government headed by Mayor Herbert Bautista, thru the QC Health Department (QCHD), in partnership with United Laboratories Inc. (Unilab, Inc.), launched during the 5th Maternal and Neonatal Health Summit the “Seal of Excellence” (SoE) Plus as part of its continuing efforts to innovate its health services and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
Violence against women is a global public health problem. In Uganda, more than half of all women have experienced violence at least once in their life, most likely from an intimate partner, leaving them feeling unsafe in the place they should feel the safest – their home.
“Violence against women is everywhere in Uganda,” says Dr Olive Sentumbwe, National Professional Officer, WHO Uganda. “Women from all parts of society experience repeated abuse, which takes a toll on their physical and mental health.”