Sexual and reproductive health

Saving mothers and newborn lives in the face of the devastating Ebola outbreak

Group photo of pregnant women in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak.
WHO /Stéphane Saporito

A briefing note provides information to policy-makers and programme managers on how to deliver critical health services for safe delivery and immediate newborn care to prevent increased maternal and newborn mortality due to preventable causes within the context of an Ebola outbreak. In the affected countries, health systems are fragmented, significantly reducing access to routine health services, in particular essential maternal and newborn care. The interventions summarized in this guide are intended to lower the risk of delivery and postpartum complications for both the mother and the newborn, particularly the risk of postpartum haemorrhage and infections, and improve the immediate care of premature babies.

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Sexual transmission of the Ebola virus disease

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