Worldwide, 2.9 million babies die within their first month, largely from preventable causes. A new report released by Save the Children, "Ending Newborn Deaths", shows that the the first 24 hours of a child's life are the most critical, with more than one million babies dying each year on their first day. Yet half of these deaths could be prevented if the mother and baby had access to free, quality health care. A group of partners, led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, are working to turn this trend around and have developed a strategy with goals and targets around ending newborn deaths titled Every Newborn: an action plan to end preventable deaths.
In order to make the plan as effective as possible, experts and advocates are asked to submit comments before Friday, February 28th at this link.The draft action plan highlights the tremendous progress made to improve child and newborn health, and affirms newborn health as a human right as recognized in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Effective interventions are recommended, including ensuring quality care before, during and after childbirth and specialized care such as neonatal resuscitation; working to end child marriage and early pregnancies; and building the capacity of community health workers.The Action Plan calls on countries to take primary leadership of improving newborn health among their citizens.
It also highlights the importance of quality integrated care across reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, and prioritizes outreach to poor and marginalized groups.The Action Plan needs your input to maximize its impact.