By Sabrina R. Espinoza
Every day, about 800 maternal deaths happen. A maternal death is a woman who dies while pregnant or within 42 days of a termination of their pregnancy. Causes of maternal deaths are usually preventable. Some causes include conditions related to severe bleeding, infection, high blood pressure, and complications during the delivery of the baby.
Since maternal health is closely linked to newborn survival, an unhealthy mother’s newborn isn’t expected to live long or live without complications. Even though great efforts have been made to reduce global child mortality, newborns still account for 44 percent of all childhood deaths. Approximately 2.9 million newborns die within their first month every year. An additional 2.6 million also happen to be stillborn. The main causes include complications related to prematurity, complications during delivery, and infection. Another critical cause also includes poor nutrition, which usually happens to women or children who live in poverty.
Most of maternal and newborn deaths happen in low-income settings. Because of this, cost-effective interventions are being made. These include antibiotics, cord care, drugs that prevent and treat postpartum hemorrhage, resuscitation, immediate and exclusive breastfeeding, and kangaroo mother care that keeps the newborn warm with skin-to-skin contact. These cost-effective interventions have to ability to significantly reduce maternal and newborn deaths.
Besides companies and foundations, many universities are offering support to some of the referenced initiatives. These universities help develop, test, and come up with new solutions to solve the problems in question. Many other organizations and governments are also helping. Applying these strategies and solutions can help with both maternal and newborn deaths. Hopefully, the problem of maternal and newborn deaths can be solved or reduced to save children lives globally.
Our goal is to partner and work with healthcare services and professionals to develop and deliver interventions that mothers, families, and communities in low resources settings can use to improve the survival of mothers and their newborns. RTNCF hopes to work with communities to solve the nutrition problem that is affecting the health of women and their newborn before and after birth in order to reduce needless deaths and other medical ailments of newborns globally.