Antenatal Corticosteroids for Women at Risk of Imminent Preterm Birth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda: A Policy and Implementation Landscape Analysis
ACS is one of thirteen critical commodities identified by the United Nations Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children (UNCoLSC) and is one of ten interventions in the WHO Recommendations for interventions to improve preterm birth outcomes, 2015. In early-2016, the USAID-funded Every Preemie—SCALE project was asked by the UNCoLSC Newborn Health Technical Resource Team to conduct a policy and implementation landscape analysis of ACS use for women at risk of imminent preterm birth.
Meeting Materials: Antenatal Corticosteroids Technical Working Group – June 14, 2016
Every Preemie—SCALE facilitated a meeting of the UNCoLSC ACS Technical Working Group on June 14, 2016, which included dissemination of the ACS landscape analysis conducted in Sub-Saharan Africa and engagement of leaders on recommendations and next steps for ACS. Click here for meeting materials and presentations.
Meeting Materials: Care of the Small, Sick Newborn – June 16, 2016
International Joint Statements on Preterm Birth, Quality of Care, Kangaroo Mother Care, and Managing Serious Bacterial Infections in Young Children – February 15, 2017
On February 15, 2017, four international joint statements were released during the launch of the Quality of Care Network in Lilongwe, Malawi. The joint statements, developed in collaboration with professional health associations and supported by USAID and other partners, demonstrate how professional associations can work powerfully together in support of quality of care objectives at both global and country levels.
The international joint statement on preterm birth, developed by Every Preemie—SCALE and GAPPS, was endorsed by COINN, ICM, ICN, FIGO, IPA, AAP, ACNM, and ACOG, and affirms their support for the 2015 WHO Recommendations on interventions to improve preterm birth outcomes. The joint statement emphasizes the important, collaborative role professional organizations have in assisting countries to implement the WHO recommendations and details clear actions needed to support their safe and effective implementation.
Family-Led Care Package – Malawi
The Family-Led Care package of materials, currently being rolled out in Balaka district, Malawi, was developed in close collaboration with the Balaka District Health Office and other stakeholders to improve facility- and home-based care of preterm/LBW newborns. More information and the full package of materials can be found here.
Formative Assessment of Community, Family and Health Care Provider Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices Regarding Preterm and Low Birth Weight Newborns in Balaka District, Malawi
To inform programmatic inputs, Every Preemie implemented a qualitative formative assessment in July 2016 focused on community, family member, and health care provider knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions around preterm and LBW newborns and related care practices in Balaka district, Malawi. This report is available here.
GAPPS’ Weekly LiveWire Email
LiveWire is a weekly news summary of stories about preterm birth, stillbirth and maternal, newborn and child health. Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/N142v
Essential Care for Every Baby and Essential Care for Small Babies Training Materials
Essential Care for Every Baby and Essential Care for Small Babies are two training packages under Helping Babies Survive, a growing suite of evidence-based, hands-on programs developed to reduce neonatal mortality in resource-limited environments.
Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) teaches health care providers essential newborn care practices to keep all babies healthy from the time of birth to discharge from the facility, and improves newborn care skills through hands-on learning and practice.
Essential Care for Small Babies (ECSB) teaches the special care needed for small or premature babies born in low resource areas, so birth attendants and mothers learn how to keep them warm by skin-to-skin wrapping, and keep them nourished with alternative feeding methods. ECSB improves the capacity of health workers to support the needs of small and premature babies through hands-on learning and practice.
Threatened Preterm Birth Care Learning Resource Package
Threatened Preterm Birth Care is part of the Helping Mothers Survive and Helping Babies Survive suite of training modules. It is a two-day course designed for teams of health workers who provide care for women and newborns. The content is based on the 2015 WHO recommendations on interventions to improve preterm birth outcomes and focuses on identifying women likely to deliver a preterm baby within 7 days and the actions that can be taken prior to birth to improve survival.
Small Baby Series
Developed by the Global Health Media Project, the Small Baby Series consists of 27 short teaching videos which demonstrate life-saving practices such as how to keep premature babies warm with skin-to-skin care, and how to feed them with a cup or feeding tube before they’re strong enough to breastfeed. The series also includes five videos designed specifically for mothers to demystify the needs of premature infants and help them care for their babies both in the hospital and at home. Content was developed in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics to complement the Essential Care for Small Babies training program. The videos are available in English, French and Spanish.