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Newborns and infant nutrition are among issues that need more focus beyond the 2015 target for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), public health experts have said.
But countries such as India, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam “have made no progress on improving exclusive breastfeeding, despite having some of the highest burdens of child mortality,” said the report.
Indonesia’s child mortality rates, at 35 per 1,000, are high anyway, but in the lowest wealth quintile, mortality is nearly five times higher than in the wealthiest.
A recent multi-agency report ranked Indonesia among 10 countries worldwide with the highest number of pre-term births.
United States’s $ 55 million program promotes healthy mothers and newborns in six Indonesian provinces
The initiative is part of the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, a commitment by US President Barack Obama and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to increase cooperation between the United States and Indonesia.
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UNICEF representative for Indonesia says Indonesia’s infant mortality rate is still high although it showed a downward trend in the past few years.
Fourteen years ago, my mother’s group gave me the information and support I needed to nourish my baby naturally and to trust my instincts as a mother. I felt so honored to once again be part of such an empowering circle of women.
Read about a recent study that investigated the effects of iron supplements on neonatal mortality in developing countries.