The Road to 2030

Urgent collective action is needed to reach the SDG Targets. Learn more about the state of the evidence on maternal newborn health globally and the road ahead to 2030. Check out the report prepared by Countdown to 2030 for more information on mortality, coverage, and policies.

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Maternal Newborn Health Issues

Issue pages highlight key information and resources related to critical MNH topics.  We are just getting started.  We have prioritized topics related to the AlignMNH Opening Forum, but be sure to check back frequently for additional content and issues.

Postpartum Hemorrhage
Maternal Mental Health
Mother-Baby Dyad & the Continuum of Care
MNH Targets, Measurement, & Data
Small & Sick Newborns

Discover key resources to help prevent, detect, and manage postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), the leading cause of maternal mortality globally. This collection of resources includes key and emerging evidence on PPH, global recommendations and guidelines, and implementation tools and resources to improve PPH prevention and treatment.

Stillbirth profoundly affects women, their families, health care workers, and the wider community in all settings. Discover key evidence on the global burden of stillbirth, resources related to ending preventable stillbirth, global recommendations and guidance on ending preventable stillbirth, country experiences, and implementation resources and tools to support country implementation. Includes linked materials on respectful care, quality of care, and maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response.

The perinatal period is associated with elevated risk of mental disorders and is a critical time to identify and address maternal mental health concerns. Discover resources related to the prevalence of common perinatal mental disorders (CMPDs), implementation approaches, strategies for integration into healthcare services, country experiences, and advocacy materials for women and families coping with mental health conditions.

When women and newborns receive high quality care during pregnancy, at the time of birth, and in the early postnatal period, women stay healthy and babies get the best start in life. Supporting integrated packages of essential, proven interventions for women and newborns – delivered at a time and place that is feasible and acceptable – saves lives.

Want to learn more about measurement for maternal and newborn health?  We have pulled together an overview of the latest information and resources about global maternal and newborn health targets, global MNH metrics Technical Advisory and Working Groups, and MNH metrics resources.

Newborns who are born too early, too small, or who become sick in the first few weeks of life, are extremely vulnerable to long-term disability or death. Learn more and find recommendations on interventions to improve preterm birth outcomes, standards for caring for small and sick newborns, as well as the latest evidence and reflections on the use of antenatal corticosteroids for accelerating fetal lung maturation for women at risk of preterm birth in different settings.

COVID-19 resulted in service interruptions, lockdowns, and economic hardship that exacerbated the existing challenges that many families face in accessing quality, timely MNH care. Learn more and find resources about essential MNH care in the COVID-19 context, including resources on emerging experience and response, targets and measurement for COVID-19, job aids, and guidance for COVID-19 across the continuum of care.

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What’s New

Learn more about the latest science, research, and evidence. View the latest collections on maternal and newborn health issues, blogs, synthesis briefs-and more!

New Resource: Implementation Toolkit for Small and Sick Newborn Care
New Resource: USAID 2021 Acting on the Call Report
Guidance: WHO Consolidated Guidance on Self-Care Interventions for Health
On the Blog: Overcoming the Silence Around Stillbirth
On the Blog: Maternal Mental Health: Addressing Inequality in Access, Care and Attention
On the Blog: Mother-Newborn Intensive Care Unit: A Paradigm Shift in Small and Sick Newborn Care

The Nest360 and UNICEF Implementation Toolkit for Small and Sick Newborn Care brings together readings, tools and learning to provide a one-stop shop for implementers to act, use, share and learn. Information in support of WHO norms and standards from more than 300 implementers around the world is systematically organized in this open access online toolkit to enable implementation and reach every newborn.

Acting on the Call—the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s response to the 2012 global Call to Action—lays out a bold agenda to save the lives of women and children. Since 2014, this flagship report has served as a roadmap for accelerating progress against one of the Agency’s top global health priorities: preventing child and maternal deaths. This year’s report illuminates how sustained commitment, financial investment, and technical leadership have ensured that critical, lifesaving health services continue reaching women, newborns, children, and families amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of the WHO consolidated guideline on self-care interventions for health is to provide evidence-based guidance to support individuals, communities and countries with quality health services and self-care interventions based on primary healthcare strategies, with people-centeredness at the core. Read AlignMNH’s new synthesis brief outlining the newest guidance that brings together new and existing WHO recommendations, good-practice statements and key considerations on self-care interventions for health. Read our new synthesis brief. The synthesis brief includes select key messages from the consolidated guidance related to the provision of maternal and newborn health (MNH) care, over-the counter pharmacy provision of pregnancy self-tests, as well as the full individual recommendations related to improving antenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care.

Every 16 seconds, a family loses a child to stillbirth. The months they spent planning for their baby, feeling the baby grow and move, imagining their family’s future—cut short, and often without explanation from a health system ill-equipped to provide the respectful, compassionate bereavement care families deserve.

The mental health of women during the perinatal period impacts women themselves, their children, their families and their communities. But for too long, mental health has been secondary to physical health despite the increasing evidence of the burden of mental health on morbidity and mortality. And the burden is not borne equally. More than 80% of those living with mental health conditions reside in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)[1] [2], and as many as 90% have no access to treatment.[3] The inequality between countries is reflected as well by inequality within countries – where the risk for mental health conditions varies based on race, ethnicity, age, poverty, urban/rural residence, and social gender norms. And women often bear a disproportionate burden of mental illness, in silence amidst the social expectations that come with being a good mother.

Why is care of low birthweight infants crucial? Every year, approximately 20 million babies—15% of all births—are born with low birthweight (LBW). Over 70% of all newborn deaths occur in this vulnerable group. Interventions to reduce mortality in LBW infants are crucial if countries are to attain the Sustainable Development Goal of reducing neonatal mortality to less than 12 per 1,000 live births by 2030.
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