1.2 million stillbirths occur like this every year – a number that rises to 2.6 million if you include all stillbirths. The solution is simple, and hinges on good care during pregnancy and delivery. We have the evidence; what we need now is action.
Nangalo’s journey into midwifery was not an easy one. But what she lacked in qualifications initially, she made up for in passion and hard work.
The Global Strategy captures both ENAP and EPMM efforts to accelerate progress towards ending preventable deaths, including stillbirths, and improve health outcomes. These targets are achievable because we know where the gaps remain and what we need to do to address them.
With skin-to-skin care, the parent is serving the role of incubator without the need for electricity or high technology. Early sustained contact has been shown to regulate the baby’s temperature and breathing as well as promote breastfeeding, boost a newborn’s immunity, and facilitate bonding.
Since1990, and despite significant increases in the global population, the annual number of maternal and child deaths has dropped by nearly 50 per cent. The Unicef estimates that 100 million children under age five have been saved over the past two decades alone.