“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.
New Lancet Series finds counting births and deaths is an indicator of progress towards ending three million preventable infant deaths.
“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.
Health experts in Pakistan say that both prevention and treatment efforts are required to address the high burden of newborn sepsis.
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.
Save the Children argues that most of these deaths are preventable.
In poor countries, for instance, pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among young women ages 15 to 19.
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.
“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.’