Co-authored by Sheetal Sharma. Petra ten Hoope-Bender: Director of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, ICS Integrare I leave you with a heartening quote from His Highness, the Aga Khan, when speaking at the recent maternal and newborn health conference in Toronto to illustrate my confidence that this change is on its way. He said, “In no other development field is the potential leverage for … Continue reading Lancet Series On Midwifery: Women Should Be in the Heart of Decision-Making
The SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health present the Toronto launch of the Lancet Series on Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhea, held a SickKids Hospital, Toronto, July 31, 2013
Interventions to Address Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhea, presented by: Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta
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 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 the second paper show that a set of highly cost-effective … Continue reading The Lancet Series on Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea, led by Aga Khan University, Pakistan
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 challenges that face schools of public health and programs in … Continue reading Education of health professionals in the 21st century — the Lancet Commission’s report
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 mothers and newborns in developing countries. The research trial didn’t … Continue reading New Lancet Study Proves Reducing Newborn Deaths Achievable, Sustainable
Excerpt: “The fact that when mothers are in good health, babies grow in the womb in very similar ways the world over is a tremendously positive message of hope for all women and their families,” says Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta, from The Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan and the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, who is the Chair of the Steering Committee of this global research team.
With projects already underway such as Maternal Alliance for Mobile Action (MAMA), which telecommunicates healthcare advice to moms and moms to be in countries such as Bangladesh with reduced access but high mobile phone consumption, it’s possible that change could come about quickly in some places.
According to Bhutta, communication is only half the battle, and the real challenge lies in changing the beliefs and habits among health professionals.
“There are implications in terms of the way we think about public health: This is about the health and life chances of future citizens everywhere on the planet,” says Bhutta. “All those who are responsible for health care will have to think about providing the best possible maternal and child health.”
Via TheIsmaili.org’s Nutrition Centre: According to the United Nations, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) were the cause of some 36 million deaths around the world in 2008. That represented an astounding 63 per cent of deaths world-wide that year, making NCDs “responsible for more deaths than all other causes combined.”