Intensive newborn care facilities for resuscitation and management for sick newborns will be opened in 59 government hospitals.
The Malawi Ministry of Health and NGOs such as Village Reach are collaborating with communities to use cell phones to address maternal, newborn and child health.
The Sokoto State Government distributed chlorhexidine to prevent umbilical cord infections in newborns to all 244 wards in Sokoto State, Nigeria.
The programme specialist in-charge of the Saving Newborn Lives project at Save the Children, Mr Patrick Aliganyira, said 35 per cent of the deaths are a result of babies being born prematurely.
Jhpiego equips every training site with all the materials required for BEmONC training including mother and newborn simulation models, delivery kits, computers, LCD projectorand other essential materials to conduct training.
A baby, who was born 24 weeks premature and weighed just 500gm at the time of birth, has managed to fight all odds and survive.
Despite remarkable changes in the levels of understanding of newborn mortality and prevention methods, newborns continue to die and now account for more than 40 percent of all under five deaths.
Medical and aid officials gathered in Johannesburg this week for the conference dedicated to developing strategies to save more newborns.
"Midwife-attended births have been associated with improved perinatal outcomes, including fewer interventions overall, fewer cesarean deliveries in particular, and improved patient satisfaction," the authors write.
A new study has found that HIV-infected mothers are less likely to transmit the virus to their newborns if they breastfeed their child exclusively for more than four months. The findings have important implications in sub-Saharan Africa.