Menu ENN Search

A little help from my friends: caring for premature babies in a war zone

Author: Harris H. Breastfeeding Journal
Year: 2007
Resource type: Article

Breastfeeding Journal 2007, 2:3. Also summarised in Field Exchange 31, September 2007, p.5-6

Abstract 

This paper is a narrative of some aspects of my work as a midwife with Médecins Sans Frontieres
(MSF) in West Africa. I was situated in an isolated north-western regional hospital in an area under rebel military control in 2004–2005 in the Côte d'Ivoire during the civil war which divides the north and south of the country. Access to health care is severely curtailed in this politically unstable environment resulting in much avoidable illness including many premature births. It is a short account of methods used to care for premature babies in a resource poor setting. Equipment as basic, necessitating a creative use of available resources. Providing warmth, oxygen and adequate feeding were often sufficient for a successful outcome for many premature babies. This paper is a combination of descriptions of health care interspersed with case studies.

 

Download

premature-babies-cote-d'ivoire-msf.pdf (PDF, 205kb)

More like this

FEX: Caring for premature babies in a conflict zone

Summary of published experiences1 This paper describes aspects of the authors work as a midwife with Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in a north-western regional hospital in Côte...

en-net: Calculating and making SDTM from F100 for a premature

Can anyone help me figure out how to calculate the amount, frequency and recipe of SDTM (Specially Diluted Therapeutic Milk) from F100 for a premature? Also which foods can I...

en-net: Health and Nutrition Key Messages for special cases

could someone please response/ elaborate is there any special health and nutrition key messages for special cases such as cleft palate, preterm baby, low birth weight child at...

Resource: Group Urges Disaster Planning for Pregnant Women, Babies, News article

Group Urges Disaster Planning for Pregnant Women, Babies By Rama Lakshmi Special to The Washington Post Thursday, August 17, 2006; Page A09 In the days after Hurricane...

Resource: Helping moms, babies when disaster strikes, news article relating to Hurricane Katrina

www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-op.mothers14may14,0,3362192.story?coll=bal-oped-headlines From the Baltimore Sun Helping moms, babies when disaster strikes By...

Resource: Infant feeding in disasters - A call for awareness (WBW)

www.apha.org/membergroups/newsletters/sectionnewsletters/matern/spring08/infantfeedisaster.htm Title: INFANT FEEDING IN DISASTERS: A CALL FOR AWARENESS Author: Section/SPIG:...

FEX: Border Closures and Nutrition in Gaza

By Dr. Adnan Al-Wahaid Dr. Al-Wahaidi is a paediatrician based in the Gaza Strip. Originally working for Terre des hommes since 1987, he is now Medical Director of Programming...

FEX: Letter on inadequate coverage of SAM in Lancet Undernutrition Series, by Susan Shepherd

SAM inadequately addressed in the Lancet Undernutrition Series Dear Editor, In 2003, The Lancet captured and focused attention on saving children’s lives with the publication...

en-net: Implementation of blanket SFP for 6-24 months alongside existing targeted SFP for 6-59 months

We are planning to introduce a time limited blanket feeding for 6-24 months.How can this be operationalized in view of an existing targeted SFP? what about the children already...

FEX: Rates and risk factors for preterm birth and low birthweight

View this article as a pdf Research snapshot 1 Preterm birth2 continues to be a major public health problem contributing to 75% of neonatal mortality worldwide. Low birth...

en-net: Concern Worldwide is looking for a Nutrition Survey Consultant in Aweil, Southern Sudan

Concern Worldwide/South Sudan Programme Terms of Reference for Consultant to carry out nutritional survey in Aweil North and West Counties, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, South...

FEX: Improving practical skills for breastfeeding vulnerable infants in low-resource settings: training material development and a case study from Rwanda

Read a summary of this field article here. By Himali de Silva and Maya Asir with contributions from Kathryn Beck, Catherine M Kirk, Gato Saidath, Marie Louise Manirakiza and...

FEX: Breastfeeding support in the refugee camps of North Western Tanzania

By Lucas Kulwa Machibya Lucas Machibya has been working for UNHCR since June 1994 in the north-western Tanzania refugee operation as National Public Health Nutrition Officer....

FEX: Improving practical skills for breastfeeding vulnerable infants in low resource settings: A case study from Rwanda

View this article as a pdf Summary of an online-only field article By Himali de Silva and Maya Asir, with contributions from Kathryn Beck, Catherine M Kirk, Gato Saidath,...

FEX: Emerging cases of malnutrition amongst IDPs in Tal Abyad district, Syria

By Maartje Hoetjes, Wendy Rhymer, Lea Matasci-Phelippeau, Saskia van der Kam Maartje Hoetjes is a Medical member of the MSF emergency team, currently working in South Sudan....

en-net: How long should a baby be exclusively breastfed?

A recently published study found out that exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months enhances chances of developing allergies, as well as iron deficiancies and therefore 4 months was...

FEX: Barriers to access for SAM treatment services in Pakistan and Ethiopia: a comparative qualitative analysis

Summary of research1 Location: Ethiopia and Pakistan What we know: Community-based sensitisation can overcome lack of awareness that impedes access to SAM treatment, but is...

FEX: Intergenerational cycle of acute malnutrition among IDPs in Somalia

By Samson Desie Samson Desie is a nutrition specialist who has worked in the sector for more than a decade and currently works as Nutrition Cluster Coordinator with UNICEF...

FEX: Fresh food vouchers for refugees in Kenya

By Lani Trenouth, Jude Powel and Silke Pietzsch Lani Trenouth and Jude Powel were the ACF Food Security and Livelihood programme managers who implemented the programme in...

FEX: Blanket BP5 distribution to under fives in North Darfur

By Hanna Mattinen, ACF Since 2005, Hanna Mattinen has been Food Aid Advisor at the Action contre la Faim (ACF) headquarters, focusing on policy and operational issues around...

Close

Reference this page

Harris H. Breastfeeding Journal (2007). A little help from my friends: caring for premature babies in a war zone. www.ennonline.net/prembabieswarzone

(ENN_173)

Close

Download to a citation manager

The below files can be imported into your preferred reference management tool, most tools will allow you to manually import the RIS file. Endnote may required a specific filter file to be used.