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‘There is no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its Children.’ Nelson Mandela

This week, KTNET Africa and our coalition partners join the rest of the world to commemorate the world preterm day. Worldwide, more than 15 million babies are born too soon and more than one million babies die before their first birthday. Preterm birth, (before 37 weeks of pregnancy), is the leading cause of newborn death, and babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of serious and sometimes lifelong...

As noted in one of our earlier blogs, community governance is a fairly popular concept now in the field of health. Community leaders therefore are becoming an important part of their communities. A community leader is someone who is perceived to represent the community’s interests and plays the role of protecting them. This role could be paid for or voluntarily, most communities have held this role as a voluntary one.  Community leaders have a vast range of roles that range from mobilizing communities for a common cause to designing courses of action to overcome common challenges.  This...

“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you ran very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.”“A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” (Through the Looking Glass, ...

With a maternal mortality rate of 350/100,00 live births1 and neonatal mortality of 32/1000 live births2, Ghana cannot achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4&5 by the close of year 2015 (1), but has a chance to work towards attainment of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.23. The Accelerate project is a private consortium that is collaborating with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the School of Public Health (SPH), University of Ghana to help Ghana avert her many maternal and neonatal deaths and improve birth outcomes.

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Over the past year, we have posted over 30 blogs focusing on the different thematic areas that our partners are working on within their research projects. All the blogs have been posted on the KTNET Africa project website to stimulate dialogue. The blogs have also been shared on other global platforms such as via Research gate for a wider community to learn what our partners’ research is about.

Most of the blogs have been written by researchers from the eight WOTRO funded coalitions coordinated and supported by the KTNET Africa Project. Some blogs have been contributed by guest...

The initiative is carried out in Ruhuha sector located about 42 km from the Capital of Rwanda. The sector is drained by four main wetlands transformed into irrigated rice fields, while seasonal crops occupy the fifth wetland.  A while ago, malaria was reported as highly endemic and a serious problem.

Due to the government interventions through the distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide treated nets (LLINs) with achievement of universal coverage (one LLINs for two persons) and Indoor Residual Spraying with more than 97.5 % coverage for each Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) round, as...

I have been working in three districts in Eastern Uganda for almost 5 years. In these projects (Safe deliveries and Maternal and Newborn Interventions for Equitable Systems) we have been trying out different interventions that are aimed at increasing access to maternal and newborn health services. One of the challenges that we have faced is sustaining these interventions. In this blog I want to share with you four things that I think are particularly important for sustaining interventions. However I want to begin by reflecting on what I mean by sustainability and  why we need to sustain some...

One of the main challenges that hinders access to quality health care is inadequate financing. In Ethiopia, public health facilities are increasingly unable to finance standard health care. Many facilities often fall short of operational costs and are usually unable to pay for standard medical supplies and equipments. This has led to a deterioration in the quality of services provided in public hospitals, decreased staff motivation and increased movement of health workers from public to private hospitals and to greener pastures abroad.

Although health financing has improved...

In the blog Dr Olico-Okui shared with us in April this year, he discussed the conditions needed for true and active community engagement and participation [1]. We share his point of view, which is also supported by a study conducted in Burundi, in the province of Makamba and Bubanza [2].   Indeed, one wonders how the community can be engaged with such limited literacy skills, limited education in general, both compounded by poverty. Other factors determining community engagement into health and social actions are the existence of mechanisms that can help to express community opinions and...

My previous blog drew attention to the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for maternal health which aims to reduce the global average Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) to less than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 births by 2030, with no country to have an MMR greater than 140. I argued that achieving this goal would require completely new strategies and indicators for global maternal health. Ensuring universal coverage of skilled birth attendance will obviously remain a  priority in the next 15 years because too many low-income countries have not yet achieved it. However, I suggested...

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