Improving Tools, Technologies, and Treatments
A new mother in Katsina, Nigeria, practices kangaroo mother care with her newborn who was born prematurely. © Save the Children
To address the primary risk factors for maternal and newborn deaths, we work to adapt existing preventive and curative tools, technologies, and treatments as well as develop new ones that are more effective and affordable and will be more readily accepted by families and health workers in rural and community clinics, health centers, and hospitals. These include ways to manage postpartum hemorrhage, treat newborn infections using simplified antibiotic treatment regimens, and clean the umbilical cord.
Improving Healthcare and Health Practices
A new mother practices kangaroo mother care at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi.
We work to help community-level healthcare providers advance their knowledge and skills and expand their use of innovative tools. One key priority is improving the quality of care in primary healthcare facilities where women give birth. Health workers can also improve outcomes for women and children by disseminating good health practices such as hand washing, immunization, postpartum family planning, and exclusive breastfeeding.
We seek to identify and reduce barriers to the adoption of effective interventions, disseminate information about maternal and newborn health, conduct large-scale educational campaigns, mobilize local networks to improve household and community practices and social norms, and reduce financial barriers to obtaining care.
To reach adolescent girls, who are particularly at risk during pregnancy and childbirth, we work with the foundation’s Family Planning and Nutrition programs on ways to deliver integrated services.
Advocating for Better Policies and Strategies
By strengthening the skills and capacities of local advocates, we promote policies and strategies that enable countries to increase the use of lifesaving health interventions, raise awareness of overlooked risk factors for newborn and maternal mortality, and expand the use of essential medicines. We also work to achieve global agreement on a set of uniform standards for health targets and measurements, which will help with planning, monitoring, and more informed decision making.