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REDUCING NEWBORN MORTALITY

Worldwide, forty-seven percent of childhood deaths occur in the first four weeks of life and global progress to improve newborn survival has been frustratingly slow. At current rates of progress, it will be nearly 100 years before a baby born in Africa has the same chance of survival as one born in North America.

While African child mortality has been greatly reduced through vaccines and other solutions, sub-Saharan Africa has lagged greatly behind most other parts of the world in lowering newborn mortality. The vast majority of African newborn deaths are preventable, in part, through better access to medical technologies.

Although most African mothers now deliver their babies in hospitals, these facilities lack the lifesaving neonatal technologies that have been available for more than 50 years in high-income countries.

WHY SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA?

NEWBORN SURVIVAL DEVELOPMENTS

We have powerful evidence that points to where and why newborn deaths occur (see the “Every Newborn Action Plan” from the World Health Organization, “Survive and Thrive” from the World Health Organization as well, and the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation publication on National, regional, and global levels and trends in neonatal mortality.)

Newborn survival is receiving unprecedented international attention, with an established global target, or Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), to end preventable newborn deaths by 2030.

The majority of the world’s births now occur in hospitals, enabling health care providers to support more women and their babies.

GLOBAL NEWBORN MORTALITY RATES

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