Health experts in Pakistan say that both prevention and treatment efforts are required to address the high burden of newborn sepsis.
The government said it was aware of the difficulties faced by lady health workers and community midwives and recognised their efforts for helping mothers and children in need of urgent medical attention.
"Two thirds of Bangladeshi mothers that are still delivering at home at the hand of unskilled providers."
The World Bank pressed its campaign for universal health coverage at its spring meetings on Friday and sought ways to bridge a conflict over how best to raise healthcare at the same time as reducing disease and premature death.
The objective of the ceremony was to acknowledge and appreciate the commitment and efforts of LHWs and CMWs.
From risking their lives to quell an Ebola outbreak in Guinea or to stamp out polio in Pakistan to delivering millions of healthy babies from healthy mothers, health workers protect us, inspire us and enable us to thrive.
In many Ugandan communities, the pregnancy is called ekintu or a thing, and babies are not named until one month when survival is more assured.
Midwives and other medical experts speak out on how to end the staggering loss of life occurring in the act of giving birth.
Midwives believe that with any pregnancy there is a possibility that something may go wrong. Pregnancy complications cannot be predicted; especially when the pregnant woman is a new mother.
In improving the use of maternal and newborn health services, it should grant more access to quality maternal health services in targeted areas, reduce mortality while improving infant mortality, and reducing levels of fraud.