Maternal and Newborn Health

Together for babies born too soon: A KMC success story in Kenya

Purity and baby Ashley speak to a health worker at Mbeere health facility

In late September 2019, Purity Wanja, still in her second trimester, went into premature labour. As a first-time mother living in a rural area of Kenya, she was worried about the health of her baby and immediately visited her local health centre. Read More…

Kajiado County commits funds to nutrition

Adolescent girl at launch of nutrition action plan in Kajiado County Kenya

Kenya’s Kajiado County launched its County Nutrition Action Plan (CNAP) on October 14, committing Ksh51 million (US$500,000) to improve the nutrition status of its population. Read More…

Protecting breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic

the spread of misinformation is undermining the work of health campaigns and positive nutrition practices adopted over the past decade, including one of the most critical for mothers and babies: breastfeeding. Read More…

Knowledge is power: how skilled breastfeeding counselling helped my journey as a new mom

When I first found out I was pregnant, like most first-time moms, I was over the moon and racked with worries about how I’d adjust to this new addition. Dreaming of life with baby meant trying to prepare for almost anything – would my delivery go smoothly, would they be a good sleeper, would I be able to breastfeed the way I had planned? Read More…

Nutrition of pregnant women: An interplay of socio-cultural and access barriers

pregnant woman in Indonesia

By Sri Kusyuniati, Country Director, Indonesia An edited version of this article was first published in The Jakarta Post on September 16, 2020. In her 1949 book The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir states: “She [woman] is defined and differentiated with reference to man and not he with reference to her; she is the incidental,
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Women and girls’ health must be a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic

adolescent girl at home Pakistan

The life of nearly every citizen in the world has been affected by COVID-19. Yet the long-term consequences of the pandemic will be felt most acutely by women and girls, especially those from countries where already challenging economic conditions are being compounded by poor health, disease and gender inequities. Read More…

New mother learns value of quality kangaroo mother care

Roselyn with health worker and baby

Roselyn Nyongesa was 27-weeks pregnant when her water broke and she was rushed to Busia County Referral Hospital, Kenya in February 2019. Read More…

Breastfeeding – from mine to theirs

Dr. Archana Chowdhury's daughter drew this to reflect the special bond between mother and child.

Motherhood is a beautiful, yet complicated, and life-changing event that I experienced fifteen years ago when my daughter came into this world (albeit three weeks early). Sindhushree, who we lovingly call Sana, was born by a lower segment caesarean section. After only having gotten a fleeting glance at her without my glasses, my daughter was promptly shunted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit due to my gestational diabetes status. Despite requests from my family and myself, I was not allowed to breastfeed my baby within the first hour of birth. The next few days passed in a blur without any counselling. An inverted nipple on one side and a cracked one on the other made breastfeeding difficult and painful. However, and contrary to many opinions, things eased out over the next few days, and I am happy and proud that I continued breastfeeding for the following two years. Read More…