Newborn baby deaths in Africa targeted in $68M initiative

Hundreds of thousands of babies could be saved through a major global health initiative launched in London Oct. 4 to improve newborn hospital care throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Almost half of childhood deaths occur in the first four weeks of life, and newborns in sub-Saharan Africa are nearly nine times more likely to die within their first month than babies born in communities with state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care. NEST360°, an international team founded and led mostly by women, has a detailed plan to cut newborn deaths in sub-Saharan hospitals by 50%, and philanthropists — including some of the world’s largest charitable foundations — have now committed $68 million for the first of two four-year phases.

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