Centre for Global Health: Paediatrics

During the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) era, low and middle income countries achieved marked reductions in under-five mortality, while neonatal mortality rates remain a significant threat and still constitutes fifty percent of under-five mortality.

Respiratory support newborns in Botswana.

Photo: Britt Nakstad

Birth asphyxia is the cause of almost one third of all neonatal deaths, while infections and prematurity account for the remainder. Ninety-nine percent occurs in low and mid-resource settings and seventy-five percent of deaths occur during the first week. With the end of the MDG era, the international community agreed on a new framework – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) where the target is to end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age by 2030. The understanding of trends and knowledge is priority in order to reduce inequities across countries and to save more children’s lives by ending preventable child deaths. A new area of focus is the increasing temperatures and climate change impact on neonatal and child health, in addition to better hygiene and nutrition, vaccines and optimal use of antibiotics, and access to water with improved quality.

About Our Research

Birth asphyxia is the cause of twenty-three percent of all neonatal deaths worldwide, with ninety-nine percent occurring in low and mid-resource settings. Also, antibiotic resistance is a fast growing problem in the world and poses a serious threat to neonatal and paediatric global health. The World Health Organization (WHO) in 2012 stated that this is one of the greatest health threats facing the world.

The Global Pediatrics Signatory Theme explores the above challenges through international research. Collaboration projects currently ongoing include-

  • Climate Health And Newborn and Newborn Health in Africa (CHAMNHA)
  • Neonatal Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns (NeoRest)
  • Optimizing Breastfeeding in Botswana (ProBreast)
  • Botswana InHospital Resuscitation Training and Education (BINSPIRED) 
  • The Child Nutrition and Development Study (CHNUDEV)
Published Mar. 23, 2017 11:10 AM - Last modified June 30, 2020 4:18 PM