Africa: ‘No Excuse’ for Newborn Deaths

Nigeria, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, Central African Republic

“There has been a fatalistic acceptance from both communities and governments,” Professor Joy Lawn, a Ugandan-born paediatrician at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told AllAfrica in a telephone interview.

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.

Disasters Could Dent Progress for Moms, Babies in the Philippines

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Vietnam

“While it is too soon to predict how many lives will be lost due to Haiyan, past experience suggests many more young children could die in 2014 due to deteriorating conditions than were killed outright by the storm,” the report notes.

Clean delivery stressed to control high newborn mortality

Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, Kenya

Health experts in Pakistan say that both prevention and treatment efforts are required to address the high burden of newborn sepsis.

Ending Newborn Deaths: Ensuring Every Baby Survives

Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic

Save the Children is calling on world leaders, philanthropists and the private sector to meet and commit to the Five Point Newborn Promise in 2014.

More than a million babies die on the day of their birth every year

Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic

Save the Children argues that most of these deaths are preventable.

U.N. Report Says Progress for Women Is Unequal

Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India

In poor countries, for instance, pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among young women ages 15 to 19.

Child mortality: Pakistan tough place for children to stay alive, says report

Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Pakistan

The new data reveals that a historic opportunity is at risk because two main challenges remain — the poorest children are being excluded, and too many children are still not surviving through the first month of life.

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.’