Worldwide 5.5 million babies are born and die each year without a record of their existence

Nigeria, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Pakistan

New Lancet Series finds counting births and deaths is an indicator of progress towards ending three million preventable infant deaths.

UN: Global child deaths down by almost half since 1990

Nigeria, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Pakistan

“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.”

Child deaths down by half since 1990

Nigeria, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, India, Pakistan

‘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.’

Nepal commits to decrease infant mortality rate

Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan

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.

China promotes breastfeeding amid tainted milk scare

China

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.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

China

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. 

Breastfeeding is the cheapest and most effective life-saver in history – UNICEF

Cambodia, Chad, China, Indonesia, Somalia

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.

Sharp fall in breastfeeding figures makes Asia Pacific “biggest cause for concern” – report

Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam

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

China

 China eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus

FedEx Helps Save Newborn Lives by Providing Free Shipment of Neonatal Equipment

China

 FedEx visits the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Da Nang Women and Children’s Hospital.