17 Sep 2014
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.
Highlights from the report include:
- Many of these deaths could be easily prevented with simple, cost-effective interventions before, during and immediately after birth.
- The under-five mortality is falling faster than at any other time during the past two decades.
- But despite these advances, the toll of under-five deaths over the past two decades is staggering: between 1990 and 2013, 223 million children worldwide died before their fifth birthday.
- Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, together account for 4 out of 5 under-five deaths globally.
- For 1 million babies every year, their day of birth is also their day of death, accounting for more than a third of neonatal deaths. Close to 2 million newborns die in the first week of life. Investments in maternal care, specifically labour and delivery care and other high-impact interventions focused on the 24 hours around the time of birth, hold the greatest potential for reducing neonatal mortality.
- The focus clearly needs to be on preventing these deaths by providing high-quality care for both the mother and the baby around the time of birth.
- In the regions with the highest neonatal mortality rates, access to postnatal care is abysmally low.
- One third of women globally deliver their baby without the help of a doctor, nurse or midwife. The global rate of women delivering with skilled attendance has risen by a mere 12 percentage points since 1990– from 57 to 69 per cent.
A full copy of the report can be found here
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