An informal breakfast meeting organized by PMNCH, brought together a dozen ministers of health and representatives from the Gates Foundation led by Melinda Gates, to discuss maternal and newborn health with a specific focus on the Every Newborn Action Plan.
“Care for mother and baby in the first 24 hours of any child’s life is critical for the health and wellbeing of both,” says Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General at WHO. “Up to half of all newborn deaths occur within the first day.”
‘Care for mother and baby in the first 24 hours of any child’s life is critical for the health and well being of both,’ said Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General at WHO. ‘Up to half of all newborn deaths occur within the first day.’
The Health Ministry of Nepal has renewed its commitment to dedicate more efforts towards decreasing infant mortality in the country, said Dr Padam Bahadur Chand of the ministry at Every Newborn consultation in Kathmandu.
Confidence in foreign supplies of formula was shaken after Beijing ordered a recall of formula from Fonterra Co-operative Group after the supplier said it might be tainted with bacteria that can cause botulism.
The Chief Nutritionist at Unicef’s letter to the editor discusses the benefits of breastfeeding over formula in the content of China’s low breastfeeding rate.
Despite the well documented benefits of breastfeeding worldwide, only 39 per cent of children aged less than six months were exclusively breastfed in 2012. This global figure has improved very little for the past several decades.
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.
China eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus
FedEx visits the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Da Nang Women and Children’s Hospital.