New data show child mortality rates falling faster than ever

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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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Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health: In Pursuit of Quality

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9-10 September 2014¦Boston, Massachusetts

More than 60 Global leaders in maternal and newborn health gathered in Boston for the “Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health: In Pursuit of Quality meeting”. The two day event hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program, focused on accomplishing a series of objectives centred around maternal and newborn health integration.

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Ghana launches a national newborn health strategy and action plan to speed up the reduction of newborn deaths

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30 July, 2014 ¦ Accra, Ghana

On 30 July 2014, the Ministry of Health in Ghana launched a National Newborn Health Strategy and Action Plan for 2014-2018. The launch was followed by an annual newborn stakeholders meeting to build consensus on operationalizing the national newborn strategy, and brought together all stakeholders to create awareness of the state of newborn health in the country.

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  • New data show child mortality rates falling faster than ever
  • 1 million children die during their first day of life from mostly preventable causes
  • Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health: In Pursuit of Quality
  • Ghana launches a national newborn health strategy and action plan to speed up the reduction of newborn deaths
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 >>
Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health: In Pursuit of Quality
  • Anne Geddes photo
    9-10 September 2014¦Boston, Massachusetts

    More than 60 Global leaders in maternal and newborn health gathered in Boston for the “Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health: In Pursuit of Quality meeting”. The two day event hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program, focused on accomplishing a series of objectives centred around maternal and newborn health integration.

    Read the full story >>
Ghana launches a national newborn health strategy and action plan to speed up the reduction of newborn deaths
  • mnch_img_1950
    130 July, 2014 ¦ Accra, Ghana

    On 30 July 2014, the Ministry of Health in Ghana launched a National Newborn Health Strategy and Action Plan for 2014-2018. The launch was followed by an annual newborn stakeholders meeting to build consensus on operationalizing the national newborn strategy, and brought together all stakeholders to create awareness of the state of newborn health in the country.

    Read the full story >>

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
    pour sauver les bébés prématurés
  • 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

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.