New Global Initiative Launched to Prevent and Manage Preterm Birth and Low Birth Weight Babies

Anne Geddes photoMamaye/E4A
7 October 2014 ¦ Washington, DC

Every Preemie—SCALE program is a $9 million, five-year award from USAID to expand evidence-based and underutilized preterm birth and low birth weight interventions in 24 priority countries across Africa and Asia. The program is part of the Agency’s global effort to reduce newborn mortality and is being supported by a strategic partnership among Project Concern International, GAPPS and the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

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India launches plan to reduce newborn deaths

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18 September 2014 ¦ New Delhi, India

The India Newborn Action Plan (INAP) was launched on 18 September by the Government in response to the country’s unacceptable high burden of newborn mortality. The INAP represents India’s renewed commitment to end preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths and reduce maternal deaths, based on the latest evidence on effective, life-saving interventions.

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New data show child mortality rates falling faster than ever

Anne Geddes photo© UNICEF/NYHQ2002-0570/Pirozzi
16 September 2014¦ New York

New data released today by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49 per cent between 1990 and 2013. The average annual reduction has accelerated – in some countries it has even tripled – but overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease in under-five mortality by 2015.

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1 million children die during their first day of life from mostly preventable causes

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16 September 2014¦ New York, New York

The 2014 Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed progress report, indicates that the first 28 days of a newborn’s life are the most vulnerable with almost 2.8 million babies dying each year during this period. One million of them don’t even live to see their second day of life. Many of these deaths could be easily prevented with simple, cost-effective interventions before, during and immediately after birth.

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  • New Global Initiative Launched to Prevent and Manage Preterm Birth and Low Birth Weight Babies
  • India launches plan to reduce newborn deaths
  • New data show child mortality rates falling faster than ever
  • 1 million children die during their first day of life from mostly preventable causes
New Global Initiative Launched to Prevent and Manage Preterm Birth and Low Birth Weight Babies
  • Anne Geddes photoMamaye/E4A
    7 October 2014 ¦ Washington, DC

    Every Preemie—SCALE program is a $9 million, five-year award from USAID to expand evidence-based and underutilized preterm birth and low birth weight interventions in 24 priority countries across Africa and Asia. The program is part of the Agency’s global effort to reduce newborn mortality and is being supported by a strategic partnership among Project Concern International, GAPPS and the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

    Read the full story >>
India launches plan to reduce newborn deaths
  • mnch_img_1950© 2007 Anil Gulati, Courtesy of Photoshare
    18 September, 2014 ¦ New Delhi, India

    The India Newborn Action Plan (INAP) was launched on 18 September by the Government in response to the country’s unacceptable high burden of newborn mortality. The INAP represents India’s renewed commitment to end preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths and reduce maternal deaths, based on the latest evidence on effective, life-saving interventions.

    Read the full story >>
New data show child mortality rates falling faster than ever
  • Anne Geddes photo
    16 September 2014¦ New York

    New data released today by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49 per cent between 1990 and 2013. The average annual reduction has accelerated – in some countries it has even tripled – but overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease in under-five mortality by 2015.

    Read the full story >>
1 million children die during their first day of life from mostly preventable causes
  • mnch_img_1950© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2928/Nesbitt
    16 September 2014¦ New York, New York

    The 2014 Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed progress report, indicates that the first 28 days of a newborn’s life are the most vulnerable with almost 2.8 million babies dying each year during this period. One million of them don’t even live to see their second day of life. Many of these deaths could be easily prevented with simple, cost-effective interventions before, during and immediately after birth.

    Read the full story >>

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What's new

  • icon WHO
    Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2014
  • icon WHO
    The 2014 Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed
  • icon WHO
    Immunizations and the Newborn
  • icon WHO
    Maternal Mortality Reduction Goals in Nigeria
  • icon WHO
    Advancing Breastfeeding
  • icon WHO
    Politics of breastfeeding
  • icon WHO
    Country Action Kits and Other tools
  • icon WHO
    DRAFT ACTION PLAN
  • icon computer
    Newborn Numbers
  • icon people
    World Contraception Day
  • icon people
    Neonatal nurses
  • icon people
    Where infants die,
    new mums live
  • icon people
    Giving birth in the DRC

What's new

  • icon WHO
    Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2014
  • icon WHO
    The 2014 Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed
  • icon WHO
    Immunizations and the Newborn
  • icon WHO
    Maternal Mortality Reduction Goals in Nigeria
  • icon WHO
    Advancing Breastfeeding
  • icon WHO
    Politics of breastfeeding
  • icon WHO
    Country Action Kits and Other tools
  • icon WHO
    DRAFT ACTION PLAN
  • icon computer
    Newborn Numbers
  • icon people
    World Contraception Day
  • icon people
    Neonatal nurses
  • icon people
    Where infants die,
    new mums live
  • icon people
    Giving birth in the DRC
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EVERY NEWBORN

An action plan to end preventable deaths

Every Newborn Image© Photo Credit / 2013 Newborns now account for 44% of the 18,000 children under age five dying every day. Nearly 2.9 million newborns die each year, and an additional 2.6 million babies are stillborn. We now know how to reduce at least two thirds of these deaths.

Addressing newborn survival requires clear consensus on evidence, strategies and actions by a broad community of partners. Every Newborn brings together everyone who has a part to play. The preparation was guided by the advice of experts and partners, led by WHO and UNICEF, and by the outcome of several multi-stakeholder consultations and a web-based consultation with more than 300 comments. The plan takes into account all inputs as well as findings from The Lancet Every Newborn Series published in May 2014. Discussed at the 67th World Health Assembly, Member States endorsed the document and made firm commitments to put in practice recommended actions. The Director General has been requested to monitor progress towards the achievement of the global goal and targets and report periodically to the Health Assembly until 2030. By the time Every Newborn is launched in June 2014, dialogues around the plan and actions to support implementation will have been initiated in many countries and among all relevant constituencies. In reality, Every Newborn is about ACTION with a plan.

EVERY NEWBORN

An action plan to end preventable deaths

Every Newborn Image© Photo Credit / 2013 Newborns now account for 44% of the 18,000 children under age five dying every day. Nearly 2.9 million newborns die each year, and an additional 2.6 million babies are stillborn. We now know how to reduce at least two thirds of these deaths.

Addressing newborn survival requires clear consensus on evidence, strategies and actions by a broad community of partners. Every Newborn brings together everyone who has a part to play. The preparation was guided by the advice of experts and partners, led by WHO and UNICEF, and by the outcome of several multi-stakeholder consultations and a web-based consultation with more than 300 comments. The plan takes into account all inputs as well as findings from The Lancet Every Newborn Series published in May 2014. Discussed at the 67th World Health Assembly, Member States endorsed the document and made firm commitments to put in practice recommended actions. The Director General has been requested to monitor progress towards the achievement of the global goal and targets and report periodically to the Health Assembly until 2030. By the time Every Newborn is launched in June 2014, dialogues around the plan and actions to support implementation will have been initiated in many countries and among all relevant constituencies. In reality, Every Newborn is about ACTION with a plan.