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WHO launches programme to improve antenatal care in Mozambique

Antenatal care is an important factor in ensuring women deliver their babies safely, and that those babies are healthy. This feature story describes how 10 clinics across Mozambique will be providing full antenatal care services by the end of 2015. It is also highlights the importance of a “person-centred” approach to health care, ensuring that everyone has access to the services they need, when they need them.

Prioritizing integrated mHealth strategies for universal health coverage

A new open access article in Science drawing from seminal work in health systems analysis, presents a novel framework for visualizing and planning how mHealth innovations can be applied to help surmount common and persistent constraints along the pathways toward the achievement of universal health coverage. It responds to the need to prioritize investments and opportunities, in the context of a growing interest in use of telecommunications technologies, to help scale up and integrate interventions of known efficacy.

Half of preterm babies born in hospitals miss out on life-saving drug

A new World Health Organization study reveals that only half of women who gave birth preterm in hospitals have received steroid injections which prevent death and disability among vulnerable, preterm newborns. The study is the largest to look at the use of these life-saving drugs internationally. These drugs have existed for decades, don’t require refrigeration, and cost less than US$ 1 an injection.

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