In Madagascar, maternal and child health issues are persistent–10 women die each day as a result of pregnancy or birth-related complications and 100 children die each day from preventable causes. The country is predominantly rural; around 64 percent of its total 25 million inhabitants live in rural areas, where their communities are known as fokontany, […]
At separate levels of Madagascar’s health system, two health workers are partnering to champion the health of mothers and their young children. Meet Dr. Rakotonandrasana Thierry: medical doctor, community leader, and pioneer. Dr. Thierry was the head of health facilities in Madagascar’s Matsakabanja commune from 2014 to 2015. While leading the Centre de Sante de […]
A maternal and newborn health revolution is spreading across Nigeria. Over the last three years, policymakers have invested in low-cost drugs that are saving the lives of mothers and babies. The distribution of misoprostol and chlorhexidine (CHX)—used respectively to prevent postpartum hemorrhage and newborn sepsis, the leading causes of maternal and neonatal mortality—has the potential to save […]
When a baby is born, her purpose is simple: to grow into a healthy child. Breastfeeding makes this possible by giving a newborn nutritional and immunoprotective benefits that impact their immediate health, as well as their long-term health and opportunity for success. As a development tool, breastfeeding is a key contributor to achieving the broader Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This World Breastfeeding Week, USAID’s global nutrition project, Strengthening Partnerships and Results in Nutrition Globally (SPRING), joins our many partners in recognizing the importance of promoting good breastfeeding practices and the supportive environments that enable them.