Continued research in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health will help to enable countries to improve health outcomes for their people.

Photo of the Week: Using Data to Accelerate Progress for Newborn Health

Photo: Jodi Bieber/Save the Children

A newborn baby sleeps in the maternity ward at Tudikolela Hospital in Mbuji-Mayi, Kasai-Oriental Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. It costs roughly five dollars to give birth and stay at this hospital for 7 days of recuperation after labor. This is a huge amount of money in a country where more than 75 percent of its population live on just a dollar a day. Save the Children’s 2013 State of the World’s Mothers report states that in 2011, 48,400 newborns died on the day they were born in the DRC. 

Research plays a vital role in helping to understand what is impacting newborn survival around the world. At the Healthy Newborn Network, we regularly update our Newborn Numbers page, which highlights the latest available data on newborn health at the global, country and regional level using a wide range of indicators. This is made possible thanks to a collection of partners that also includes the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The most recent version of the Global and National Newborn Health Indicators Database was just completed less than two weeks ago. 

As momentum for newborn health accelerates even faster in 2014, data will aid health professionals and policymakers in making decisions that work to eliminate bottlenecks and scale-up care for mothers and newborns. This will be especially true as the global Every Newborn action plan is developed and launched later this year.

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