15 03, 2019

Nationwide screening needed to protect newborns from rare diseases – Experts


Under 1 percent of Pakistani newborns are being screened for preventable genetic diseases which can lead to lifelong disability and even mental retardation, said experts at a conference to mark World Rare Disease Day organised by Aga Khan University. Newborn screening for rare diseases such as congenital hypothyroidism, CHT, a disease that limits the production [...]

15 11, 2018

Care for Preterm babies Vital to Improve Child Survival Indicators in Pakistan


Each day over 600 newborns die in Pakistan due to complications related to Birth Asphyxia, Prematurity and Sepsis says the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Every year,15 million babies in the world are born prematurely and nearly 1 million die due to related complications. This makes preterm birth one of the leading cause of child deaths under [...]

15 08, 2018

3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life


Breastfeeding within an hour after birth is critical for saving newborn lives   An estimated, 78 million babies – or three in five – are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding, say UNICEF and WHO in a [...]

15 09, 2013

AKUH nurse wins global award for excellence in neonatal nursing


A proud moment in the nation’s history was achieved today when nurse Anila Ali Bardai of the Aga Khan University Hospital received the award for excellence in neonatal nursing at the opening ceremony of the 8th International Conference of the Neonatal Nurses held at the Waterfront Hotel in Belfast, Ireland. She is the first Pakistani nurse to win this [...]

15 06, 2012

Family Planning Summit – London


Awareness & access of reproductive health to women in developing countries   Aims of the Summit The UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with the support of UNFPA and other partners, will host a ground breaking international Family Planning Summit inLondonin July. TheSummitwill launch a global movement to give an additional 120 [...]

15 05, 2011

Many Countries hit by Health Threats from Both Infectious and Chronic Diseases


New data site makes WHO data and analyses widely available An increasing number of countries are facing a double burden of disease as the prevalence of risk factors for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancers increase and many countries still struggle to reduce maternal and child deaths caused by infectious diseases, for [...]