Every Newborn is a joint action platform for the reduction of preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths.

The action plan is based on the evidence published in The Lancet Every Newborn series and takes forward the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health by focusing specific attention on newborn health and identifying actions for improving their survival, health, and development. Every Newborn is a partnership aimed at supporting countries in reaching the Sustainable Development Goal of ending preventable newborn deaths.


number of babies and women that could be saved each year through investing in quality care around birth and care for small and sick newborns


number of US dollars per capita required to save 3 million babies and women each year


the target number of newborn deaths and stillbirths per 1000 live births in every country by 2030


Newborn deaths now account for at least 45% of deaths among children under the age of five globally, resulting in 2.7 million lives lost each year. Another 2.6 million babies die in the last 3 months of pregnancy or during childbirth (stillbirths). Reductions in neonatal mortality have lagged behind those of maternal, infant and child mortality, due to less attention and investment. As countries make a final push to achieve the Millennium Development goals, and look ahead to the next 20 years, reducing newborn mortality is an important challenge which needs to be faced.

We have the knowledge and tools to prevent at least two-thirds of these deaths. In taking forward the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s health, the Every Newborn Action Plan will focus attention on newborn health and identify actions for improving survival, health and development.

The Plan

The Every Newborn action plan will provide everyone with a roadmap and joint action platform for the reduction of preventable newborn mortality. Linking the work of all stakeholders, it will enable policy makers and others to take action to accelerate national plans to achieve clear results for newborn survival, enhancing the achievement of wider goals for women’s and children’s health. It will define the role and responsibilities of stakeholders, setting out a vision, targets and objectives, with recommended key actions to implement based on proven strategies for change and the latest evidence on effectiveness, costs and expected impact of interventions.

Working to advance the goals of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and Every Woman Every Child movement, the Every Newborn action plan will build on the recommendations of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children, A Promise Renewed commitment to child survival and the objectives of the Family Planning 2020 effort.  It will also set out its support for a common monitoring framework led by the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health.


The process of drafting the Every Newborn action plan was undertaken by a broad group of partners, coordinated by UNICEF and the World Health Organization and including The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Save the Children/Saving Newborn Lives, the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirths, Aga Khan University and Centre for Global Child Health, UNFPA and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. This process was supported by a wide group of involved constituents including governments, health professional associations, academic institutions, multi-lateral and bilateral agencies, foundations, the private sector and civil society, including women’s and parents’ groups.

Moving forward, the engagement by a wider group of partners is still needed particularly to support country implementation efforts. On the global level the Steering Committee and Advisory Group will no longer be kept as formal groups, however, the ENAP management team will continue efforts to ensure implementation of ENAP and engage the wider group of partners on a regular basis. Special efforts have been made to ensure more formal engage with maternal health partners and integrate the ENAP activities with maternal health and breastfeeding activities in particular. Stakeholders, will regularly be informed of progress and opportunities through the different outreach mechanisms including email updates, discussion fora, webinars, global and national meetings.

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