Save the Children has released a pioneering report on newborn survival over the last decade that shows the world has greatly overlooked a key area for reducing child deaths—newborn care. Download report highlights
The world has achieved remarkable progress on reducing child deaths—from 12.4 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010—but that progress isn’t reaching newborn babies at the same pace, the report shows. As a result, newborns (infants in the first month of life) now account for more than 40 percent of child deaths. However, the new report finds that globally only 0.1 percent of official development assistance for maternal and child health exclusively targets newborns, and only 6 percent mentions newborns at all—despite 3.1 million newborn babies dying each year.
“We must make sure to focus global efforts on when are kids are dying. Shockingly, this is right at the start of their lives when they are newborn babies,” said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children.
The report shows political will to reach the poorest families with the most effective interventions for newborn health has had dramatic results in low-income countries such as Bangladesh, Malawi and Nepal. All three are on track to meet the 2015 target of Millennium Development Goal 4 of reducing child deaths by two thirds since 1990, and all have reduced newborn deaths at about double the rate of neighboring countries.
African families have the highest risk of newborn deaths and it would take 150 years at current rates of progress to achieve newborn death rates on par with the United States and Europe.
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“A Decade of Change for Newborn Survival” was spearheaded by Save the Children’s Newborn Lives program, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and works in partnership with countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to reduce newborn mortality and improve newborn health.
Learn more about Save the Children’s campaign for newborn and child survival at www.EveryBeatMatters.org.
Thank you for all your support for project Training and Supplies for Health Workers in Nepal. This is our final report for this project. With the support of donors like you, we have been able to accomplish:
We have been able to fund this project ahead of schedule due in part to Charlie Wittmack is an attorney, husband and father from Des Moines, Iowa who founded The World Tri to pursue his dreams of adventure. He trained 15 years before jumping into the frigid waters of England’s Thames River and beginning his 10,000 mile journey across Europe and Asia. He capped off the adventure by summiting Mt. Everest and dedicating his efforts to the children of Nepal.
Only 5,393 people have ever climbed Everest, but every year in Nepal, 37,000 newborns and children die of largely preventable causes. To help slash these numbers, Charlie teamed up with Save the Children to raise money for lifesaving programs.
The good news is, Nepal has already passed the halfway mark in the race to end child deaths. Deploying community health workers has been key to dramatic reductions in child mortality, but many rural and isolated communities have yet to benefit.
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