06 February 2023

Caring for women and babies before, during and after birth

The birth of a child brings great happiness for families. Yet over 100,000 newborns needlessly die each year due to prematurity, disease and other neonatal complications in Ethiopia. Newborn survival is even lower in places like Afar where along with a lack of quality health services, families are suffering from the consequences of drought and…, A community approach to pregnancy, After attending a community learning session, a heavily pregnant Kediga Eskah walked back to her village. That day, she’d listened to the story of Hasna, a fictional character who had lost her life during delivery due to delayed labour and blood loss.  Together with a facilitator and a group of women, they’d discussed how Hasna’s death could have…, Supporting neonatal intensive care units, In addition to strengthening support for pregnant women, newborn care is critical - particularly in Afar which has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. "We are doing our best to save more babies. The training is very important to our staff."  That’s why UNICEF is building the capacity of local hospitals like Dubti by providing…, Continued care for newborns and new mothers, After childbirth, the first month of life is a particularly vulnerable period for children – including little Mohammad. For Fatuma Mohammed, 29, having a boy after trying for years was a life-affirming moment. But soon after birth, Mohammed was struggling with a fever and cough, a typical sign of pneumonia. Thankfully, a trained community…