Interventions to Prevent Newborn Deaths: World Renowned Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta of Aga Khan University Leads Lancet Study

Interventions to Prevent Newborn Deaths: World Renowned Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta of Aga Khan University Leads Lancet Study

Progress in newborn survival has been slow, and even more so for reductions in stillbirths. To meet Every Newborn targets of fewer than 12 neonatal deaths and fewer than 12 stillbirths per 1000 births in every country by 2030 will necessitate accelerated scale-up of the most effective care targeting major causes of newborn deaths. We…

Lancet papers: Maternal and Child Nutrition 2013 launched by Save the Children in collaboration with the Aga Khan University Hospital

A series of papers from one of the world’s most respected medical journals has called for greater focus on national nutrition programmes and strong integrated health programmes to address malnutrition issues in the country. The Lancet series “maternal and child nutrition-2013” was launched on Wednesday by Save the Children in collaboration with the Aga Khan…

The Lancet Series on Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea, led by Aga Khan University, Pakistan

The Lancet Series on Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea, led by Aga Khan University, Pakistan, provides evidence for integrated control efforts for childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea. The first paper assesses the global burden of these two illnesses, comparing and contrasting them, and includes new estimates of severe disease and updated mortality estimates for 2011. Findings from…

Education of health professionals in the 21st century — the Lancet Commission’s report

Zulfiqar Bhutta, PhD Noordin Noormahomed Sheriif Endowed Professor Founding Chair of the Division of Women and Child Health Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan This talk summarizes the genesis and key recommendations of the Lancet Commission on Education for Health Professionals in the 21st Century (2010). Dr. Bhutta will share some thoughts on the issues and…

New Lancet Study Proves Reducing Newborn Deaths Achievable, Sustainable

WESTPORT, CT–(Marketwire – January 14, 2011) – A Pakistan-based study to be published Saturday in the Lancet achieved a significant drop in newborn deaths and could be widely applicable in high-mortality countries, Save the Children and other authors said. More than 3 million newborns die annually. Well-known lifesaving interventions remain out of reach for most…

The unfolding human tragedy in Pakistan – Podcast with Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta, Aga Khan University | TheLancet.com

The health impacts of the catastrophic floods in Pakistan are highlighted in a Podcast and Comment by Professor Zulfi Bhutta, Aga Khan University, Pakistan. As the flood waters recede, the risk of cholera outbreaks and other communicable diseases rise; the priorities for the relief effort are food supplies, clean water, and sanitation, to try and…

Should new research on under-fives reshape our approach to development? – Gordon Alexander – guardian.co.uk

The first rule of any self-respecting target is that it should remain static. In this, the millennium development goals (MDGs) have performed admirably since their inception in 2000. But what happens if our understanding of how to meet a target changes? Should we shift the goalposts accordingly? The publication in Friday’s Lancet of a series…

Stillbirths could be halved

27 April 2011 (IRIN) – Preventing stillbirths can cost just US$2.32 per mother if governments, the private sector and international institutions adopt a package of 10 health interventions, rather than allowing stillbirths to be an almost invisible problem. If ten recommended interventions were 99 percent implemented in 68 priority [low and middle-income] countries, the number…

Melinda Gates: Groundbreaking Research Proves We Can Save Newborn Lives at Scale

Recently, The Lancet published a piece that proves that these same cost-effective, low-tech, community-based interventions I saw in Shivgarh can be effective as part of a country’s regular health system. The government of Pakistan, in partnership with the Aga Khan University and Save the Children, trained its community-based, frontline public health workers, called Lady Health…

Committing to the World’s Children

By Dr. Robert Armstrong Associate Professor and Head, Department of Pediatrics Can you imagine that you are the parent of a delightful four-year-old girl who yesterday was full of life, but today is going to die? You are desperate for help and devastated as life is slowly snatched from her. Can you imagine your confusion,…