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Caption: Healthy baby girl Sahida* was born at the Save the Children Primary Health Care Centre in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, during the height of Cyclone Mocha, thanks to the dedication of staff who worked tirelessly through the storm.Sahida’s* mother Sajeda*, 20, had been worried ever since she heard that Cyclone Mocha was heading for the refugee camp where she lives. Being so close to giving birth, she was concerned that the severe storm would hamper her chances of getting to hospital. She was even more concerned because her first child had sadly died from complications during birth. Then as the storm lashed the camp, Sajeda’s* labour began.Sajeda’s* Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) who works for Save the Children, brought her to the Primary Health Care Centre which had remained open during the storm, despite other health services in Cox’s Bazar closing. Thanks to their dedication, Sajeeda* was able to give birth to her healthy daughter.Sajeda* said, &#8220;My first child died at birth, now I was wondering if your hospital would be open, and even if it was open, would I be able to go to the hospital during the storm! But after going to the hospital, by the grace of Allah and with the help of midwives, I was able to give birth to a healthy child. The midwives at this hospital are very good and kind, they took good care of me.&#8221;Sahida* is also being looked after by her grandmother, Nur Halima* at the family shelter.During the storm, four healthy babies were born at the Save the Children Primary Health Care Centre, with the maternity team receiving referrals of delivery cases from other camps. Due to other health facilities being closed, ambulance drivers from across the camps worked with the Primary Health Care Centre focal point to send mothers in labour to the maternity unit at the Save the Children facility.
Addressing Knowledge Gaps in Newborn Health
From 2000 to 2020, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-supported Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program contributed to improved policies and expanded programs that addressed the major causes of newborn mortality. SNL worked with governments and local partners to test and adapt promising technologies and approaches to deliver lifesaving care, mobilized commitment and resources, and established strategic partnerships to ensure effective newborn health programs operate at scale. Working alongside valued partners, SNL provided technical leadership, advocacy, and measurement support, maintaining the cycle of evidence generation, consensus building, policy formulation and guidance, and program implementation and learning. This work contributed to an understanding of what can be done affordably and sustainably to save newborn lives in low-resource, high mortality settings around the world. Learn more about the last two phases of the program on the Healthy Newborn Network.
This collection includes documents produced through SNL, with a focus on the final two phases of the program: SNL 3 (2013-2018) and SNL 4 (2019-2020). SNL 3 supported Ministries of Health in selected countries in efforts to achieve equitable and high-effective coverage of high-impact newborn services and practices at national scale. SNL 4 worked to help institutionalize newborn health policies and programs in four countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Nepal. The project documents implementation and measurement learning, translating global evidence and guidelines to enable country programs to use state-of-the-art tools and approaches for effective implementation of newborn health interventions at scale. In addition to this collection, please see the Healthy Newborn Network Blog for further reflection.
This collection compiles programmatic information, implementation research evidence, and advocacy tools for implementers and project managers. It includes key global health institutional guidance, technical briefs, peer-reviewed articles, case studies, and other resources that can help improve newborn interventions in communities and in healthcare institutions. Resources include research-led and funded by SNL, and written by SNL staff; research led by partners, with contributions and partial funding from SNL and written with support by SNL staff; or developed in partnership, whereby SNL staff contributed to the research, analysis or writing.
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