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Why we need to end the silence around pregnancy loss: by Lisa K Hanasono PhD. January 2021

There is unequivocal evidence that the scaling up of midwives will reduce stillbirths and neonatal deaths and should be a key consideration for ENAP milestones. 

The Every Newborn-INDEPTH study involved >68,000 births and aimed to provide evidence to improve population-based survey data regarding pregnancy outcomes. Each year there are 5.1 million neonatal deaths and stillbirths, plus about 0.3 million maternal deaths worldwide. Around 75% of these deaths are still dependent on surveys, notably Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), as main data sources. The study was conducted in five Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) sites from the INDEPTH Network in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau and Uganda, plus a coordinating team at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Makerere University School of Public Health and funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). The protocol was published in 2018 and the main study paper in Lancet Global Health this year.

The EN-BIRTH study involved observing >23,000 births using an innovative tablet-based system to validate data from routine facility registers and women’s survey report.  The study was conducted in five hospitals in Bangladesh, Nepal and Tanzania, coordinated by a team at LSHTM and funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). The protocol was published in 2019 and the main study paper is in The Lancet Global Health (in press).

See our Rapid Response to the BMJ’s recent series on Leaving No One Behind which left behind 2.6 million stillbirths a year!

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), White Ribbon Alliance, and Every Woman Every Child, sponsored the annual “Accountability Breakfast 2020: Advancing Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health During COVID-19.” The event was watched by more than 2,200 people from 110+ countries representing governments, health practitioners, UN agencies, the private sector, civil society, media, researchers and academia. Take a moment to review the event summary and key highlights. If you missed some of the event or would like to refer to a portion of the event, you can access it on the website, which also contains videos, interviews and other resources for continued advocacy.

The Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP):

Stillbirth rate data by country:

  • The updated UN-IGME website for child mortality estimates now includes a stillbirth database and estimates; see childmortality.org
  • The Ending Preventable Stillbirths:A renewed call for collective action recording can be viewed here
  • The UN-IGME stillbirth report was published on Oct 8, 2020 with updated data tables; it can be downloaded here
  • A Partner Social Media Pack for the stillbirth report is available here
  • Photos from the report are available here. Please credit UNICEF wherever these are used.
  • In addition, Key Messages in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian and social media materials in Arabic, French and Spanish are available upon request from UNICEF; please email info@stillbirthalliance.org for assistance in requesting these.
  • There are opportunities to work with UNICEF to further amplify voices around the stillbirth report. UNICEF says “If you are working on any of your own web stories, newsletters or have any other ideas about how we can amplify these stories further, please do get in touch and we can explore further.” Contact ISA at info@stillbirthalliance.org for assistance in connecting with UNICEF to follow up on this opportunity.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) Global Health Observatory – http://apps.who.int/gho/data/view.main.GSWCAH06v

Family planning: 

    • Family planning is a key component of reducing stillbirth rates and is part of the Lancet’s Call to Action.
    • Family planning use data is estimated using data from surveys such as the DHS, RHS, MICS, PMA2020 and other nationally representative surveys, service statistics and population data. Updated annually. http://www.track20.org/

Global development goals:

Key stillbirth-related series:

Country- and region-specific stillbirth research resources:

 

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