‘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 award is aimed at recognising heroes and heroines all around the African continent whose contributions have helped saved the lives of women and children.
The units, which are stocked with equipment such as resuscitation tables, newborn baby warmers and suction, machines are to help strengthen neonatal support services in the hospitals to reduce infant mortality to help the country attain the Millennium Development Goals.
More than half of infant deaths occur in the first month, in northern Ghana. According to the Ghana demographic health survey, 57,000 children under age 5 die every year. Most of these deaths are not reported in northern Ghana; the major causes of these deaths are infections.
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said its new action plan to reduce newborn deaths as part of attempt to reduce under-five mortality, would be an exclusive focus on newborn conditions.
MamaYe called on President Goodluck to "explain which significant results Nigeria has achieved" since 2001 when Abuja Declaration came into force.
New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof writes about breastfeeding and undernutrition in Mali.
Mayo Clinic and other researchers have shown that a vaccine given to newborns is at least 60 percent effective against rotavirus in Ghana.
Midwives will soon be using modern innovative technologies to access midwifery education to strengthen their capacity in saving the lives of women during delivery.
The comprehensive strategy designed to improve the health and survival of newborns through interventions that focuses on preconception, conception, during birth, soon after birth and in the postnatal period.