Addressing Critical Knowledge Gaps in Newborn Health

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Disparities in child mortality rates between subnational regions have narrowed marginally. However, disparities between socioeconomic groups have been rising.

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While the proportion of births attended by a skilled attendant rose from 77% to 96% as a national average between 1990 and 2012, only 61% of births had a skilled attendant present in Chiapas, one of the most marginalised states.

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Malawi ranks third most equitable for coverage of eight core maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) interventions across economic groups out of 31 Countdown countries for which data are available.

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Ethiopia ranks 28 out of 31 Countdown countries for equity in coverage of eight core MNCH interventions.

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Bangladesh ranks 16 out of 31 Countdown countries for equitable coverage of eight core MNCH interventions across economic groups.

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While the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding are well established – including reducing the risks of child mortality – two-thirds of Pakistani mothers do not exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of their child’s life.

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When Ma Than Shi, 45, was pregnant with her son Ma Yee Mon Htwe, now one year old, the community health volunteer in her village took her to visit a midwife.

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The Mãe Coruja (Mother Owl) project which is run by the state government and aims to help more children survive and grow up healthy by providing healthcare to pregnant women and children under five.

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Just six days’ old, Rakhal has been brought by his mother, Mala, to his local health clinic for a check-up. For Mala and her community, this is ground-breaking.

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Too often, particular groups of children suffer from persistently high levels of mortality, even in countries that have seen very rapid declines overall.

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