Webinar | Nurturing care for every newborn: ensuring every newborn survives and thrives

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Join us for launch of the Thematic Brief Nurturing care for every newborn. This brief summarizes why nurturing care is essential for every newborn to survive and thrive. It outlines the five components of nurturing care and contains examples of practical actions to create and strengthen nurturing environments for newborns, including those who are born too soon, small or sick.

What happens during early childhood lays the foundation for a lifetime. Evidence has demonstrated clearly that the first hours, days and weeks after birth – the newborn period – are a precious time for a child’s survival, health and development. Knowledge and tools are available to provide every newborn with nurturing care that involves parents and other caregivers directly. To create the enabling environment for providing developmentally supportive care, there is a need to invest in policies, health systems and community awareness. As more newborns survive, we now need to make sure that they also can thrive. This is especially important for small and sick babies who are at greater risk of mortality, illness or disability when deprived from quality care.

This webinar is organized by the World Health Organization and UNICEF in collaboration with the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, the Quality of Care subgroup of the Child Health Task Force, and the ECD Action Network.


  • Dr Ornella Lincetto, Senior Medical Officer Newborn Health, MCA Department, World Health Organization
  • Louise Tina Day, EN-BIRTH Research Manager, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Silke Mader, Chairwoman of the Executive Board, European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants
  • Prof Arti Maria, Consultant & Head, Department of Neonatology, ABVIMS & assoc. Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • Dr Lama Charafeddine, Associate professor of clinical Pediatrics and Neonatology, American University of Beirut, Division of Neonatology
  • Ylva Thernström Blomqvist, Associate Professor, PhD, RN and Head Nurse at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Uppsala University Children’s Hospital and Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Dr Socorro De Leon-Mendoza, President, Kangaroo Mother Care Foundation Phil., Inc.
  • Dr Nathalie Charpak, Director, Fundación Canguro de Colombia
  • Lily Kak, Newborn Health Team Lead, United State Agency for International Development
  • Prof Joy Lawn, Director MARCH Centre (Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health), London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Alison Morgan, Senior Health Specialist (MNCH), Global Financing Facility Secretariat
  • Neena Khadka, Newborn Health Focal Point, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership Program
  • Dr Tedbabe Degefie Hailegebriel, Maternal & Newborn (MNH) Senior Advisor and MNH Team Lead, UNICEF
  • Dr Anshu Banerjee, Director, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health & Ageing, World Health Organization
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Thematic brief: Nurturing care for every newborn
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