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.”
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 of stillbirths could be halved, said Professor Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta … Continue reading Stillbirths could be halved
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 Workers, to provide newborn care counseling to the women they … Continue reading Melinda Gates: Groundbreaking Research Proves We Can Save Newborn Lives at Scale
via blog post: The summer of 2008, when electives for the medical students were announced, several students found it surprising that a medical college elective would be titled ‘Rhythms in Evolution’. A primary intent of the said elective was to allow the interested students an exploration of their musical talent and the possibility of its application in medicine. In retrospect, going through that elective turned … Continue reading Developing Musical Thought in Medical Students, at AKU
300,000 Newborns Die in Pakistan Every Year In Pakistan, 5.5 million babies are born every year, out of whom, 300,000 die before completing their first month of life. Worldwide, the number of newborn deaths amounts to four million annually, 75 per cent occurring in the first week after birth. Medical experts have reported in the British weekly journal The Lancet, that a simple checklist of … Continue reading Pakistani Doctors Help Produce Checklist to Save Newborn Lives