Neonatal Survival Program in Kosovo

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Improving Health Care for Newborns

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Kosovo, the southern Serbian province under United Nations administration since its civil war in 1999, still reports one of the highest infant mortality rates in Europe.

Improving Health Care for Newborns

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The province’s health care sector has suffered from years of underinvestment in training, infrastructure and medical equipment.

Improving Health Care for Newborns

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To help improve Kosovo’s neonatal survival rate, the Abbott Fund partners with Dartmouth Medical School and the University Clinical Center in Pristina, Kosovo’s only hospital equipped to treat sick and premature newborns.

Improving Health Care for Newborns

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We installed a new oxygen system in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, a basic necessity for saving infants in respiratory distress.

Improving Health Care for Newborns

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We have also made grants to equip neonatal intensive care units and to purchase advanced ventilators and other essential equipment.

Improving Health Care for Newborns

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Together with our partners, we’ve helped reduce mortality rates among Kosovo’s premature infants by more than 25 percent.

Improving Health Care for Newborns

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   at AWS.Web.UI.WebControls.ImageDisplay.get_ImageUrl() In Kosovo, the number of babies dying at the time of birth was recently estimated at 19.3 out of every 1,000 live births. Even before the 1999 civil war, the country’s resource-challenged health system suffered from lack of infrastructure, trained staff and modern equipment. Over the past five years, the Abbott Fund has worked with specialists from Dartmouth Medical College and the University Clinical Center in Pristina, Kosovo’s only hospital equipped to treat sick and premature newborns. We are steadily improving neonatal survival in Kosovo through training of health care providers and by providing essential medical equipment and improved supplies of medicines for use in the neonatal intensive care units. Over the years, we have helped reduce mortality rates among Kosovo’s premature infants by more than 25 percent.

The Abbott Fund has donated $166,000 and Abbott has provided $700,000 in product donations, including human milk fortifier and medicine to prevent or treat respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants.
Results Source: Dartmouth College
Results to Date

07/05/2011

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