"The rate of neonatal mortality reduction is comparatively slower than the overall under-five child mortality reduction. We need to address this now as 60 percent of child mortality in Bangladesh is due to neonatal mortality.”
Infant and child mortality is declining rather slowly and experts say Uganda may not achieve its Millennium Development Goal target four by 2015.
At the heart of the problem is the fact that millions of women lack access to a physician or healthcare facility.
"If we really want to drive down child mortality overall, we have to move that newborn number faster,” says Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children.
Dr Bang’s model includes training health workers who consistently monitor a woman during pregnancy and provide the necessary medical support at the time of delivery and post-birth.
Grand Challenges Canada announced $10.9 million in seed money to that will part go to help combat newborn infections and prematurity.
The Sokoto State Government distributed chlorhexidine to prevent umbilical cord infections in newborns to all 244 wards in Sokoto State, Nigeria.
Medical and aid officials gathered in Johannesburg this week for the conference dedicated to developing strategies to save more newborns.
Chlorhexidine has been around for ages and is often used as an antiseptic, but a number of studies are confirming that this intervention could have a major impact on the high number of newborn deaths in the world and more specifically sub-Saharan Africa.
Stella Abwao of MCHIP, shared details of a survey in several African countries, which found that there was poor healthworker knowledge of newborn care and management of complications.