How a colour-coded idea at ‘this’ hospital helps brings down the infant mortality rate

Nashik Civil Hospital has implemented a unique idea which helps safeguard the health of infants. The hospital does not repeat a single bed sheet, thereby ensuring protection from germs and infections

How a colour-coded idea at ‘this’ hospital helps brings down the infant mortality rateThe Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) at Nashik’s Civil Hospital uses innovative colour-coded bedsheets for each day of the week. This, in turn, is helpful for the newborns as it protects them from contracting an infection. The different colours serve a purpose as they ensure that the bedsheets have been washed and sterilised by the […]

Quitting smoking during pregnancy lowers risk of preterm births

There is an important association between maternal cigarette smoking cessation during pregnancy and risk of preterm birth, according to a new Dartmouth-led study published in JAMA Network Open

Quitting smoking during pregnancy lowers risk of preterm birthsThe negative health impacts of cigarette smoking during pregnancy – which include low birth weight, delayed intrauterine development, preterm birth, infant mortality, and long-term developmental delays – are well known. In good news, the proportion of women who start their pregnancy as smokers has been declining in recent years. “Of concern, though, given the substantial […]

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek: 3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life, states UNICEF study

Current guidelines from the World Health Organization and Unicef recommend babies should be breastfed within an hour of their birth and fed only by breastfeeding until they are six months old

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek: 3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life, states UNICEF studyAlmost 60% of babies around the world are not breastfed within the first hour after their birth, putting them at risk of sickness and even death, a new report has revealed. Breastfeeding offers both mothers and babies a host of benefits. It reduces the risk of breast cancer in women, while the first breast milk […]

Maha: 65% of infants die after one month of birth, states RTI

A shocking Right to Information query (RTI) has revealed that from April 2017 to February 2018 – 13, 541 infants have died. Out of these 13,541 infants, 11,532 infants were examined to know the reason behind their sudden death

Maha: 65% of infants die after one month of birth, states RTITo curb the increasing infants and child mortality rates in the country, the union government has undertaken various projects and schemes. Crores of rupees have been spent annually, but, high child mortality rates remain a big challenge in front of the government. An investigation to find out the cause for these infant deaths found that: […]

Maha: 3,533 infants die within the first hour after birth, reveals RTI

In a recent Right to Information (RTI) query, shocking facts have emerged from Maharashtra, which has shown malnutrition to be one of the biggest contributing factors for the rise in infants and child mortality

Maha: 3,533 infants die within the first hour after birth, reveals RTI424 infants died in Mumbai within first hour of the birth 1,525 babies died within one year after their birth Pneumonia is responsible for the death of 111 babies. While, 12 babies died due to diarrhoea To curb the increasing infants and child mortality rates in the country, the union government has undertaken various projects […]

Cheap cigarettes can cost you heavily

A new study suggests that the availability of cheaper, off-brand cigarettes is associated with an increase in infant mortality

Cheap cigarettes can cost you heavilyResearchers writing in JAMA Pediatrics studied the link between cigarette prices and infant mortality in 23 European countries from 2004 through 2014. During this time, there were more than 53 million live births. After controlling for other factors, they found that a $1.18 increase in average price per pack was associated with a decline of 0.23 […]

Lancet report states, TB could be a prominent cause of child deaths

The study states that 2, 39,000 children younger than 15 years of age die from tuberculosis globally in 2015; 80 per cent of these deaths were in children younger than 5 years of age. More than 70 per cent of deaths occurred in the Southeast Asian and Africa regions

Lancet report states, TB could be a prominent cause of child deathsTuberculosis (TB) is a deadly disease that each of us may have heard about at least once in our lifetime. In relation with this a recent study published in the ‘Lancet’ a medical journal concluded that TB in children is increasingly prominent and is one of growing causes of infant mortality. It states that, 2, […]

Activist fume over non-implementation of HC orders

Activists express concern over non-implementation of several high court orders passed in respect of malnutrition deaths in tribal areas of the state. They have written to state CM and the Mayor asking them to implement all orders passed by the high court

Activist fume over non-implementation of HC ordersExpressing their concern over non-implementation of several high court orders passed in respect of malnutrition deaths in tribal areas of Maharashtra, activists have written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Maharashtra Governor C Vidhyasagar Rao. The letter, written by the activists on July 21, says, “Bombay High Court, since 1993, has passed many orders to […]

A mother’s mission to heal little hearts

Aishwarya Trust, founded by Chitra Viswanathan, provides financial aid to needy children, who suffer from congenital heart diseases. Since its inception 2008, the trust has screened around 1,00,000 children from economically-vulnerable families

A mother’s mission to heal little heartsVenus Williams, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, once said: “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does –that makes you winner right there.” Chitra Viswanathan did just that, nine years ago. Today, she receives countless blessings every day for helping scores of children needy families, who suffer from […]