It’s World Breastfeeding Week and government and Save the Children have joined forces to promote breastfeeding to save children’s lives.
Reports indicate that fewer South African children are being born HIV-positive, according to President Jacob Zuma.
Mothers in Pretoria talk about the benefits of providing Kangaroo Mother Care to their premature and low birth weight babies.
Having a baby in sub-Saharan Africa is riskier than anywhere else according to the latest State of the World’s Mothers report.
Most of the 21 daily newborn deaths in South Africa could be prevented.
Despite remarkable changes in the levels of understanding of newborn mortality and prevention methods, newborns continue to die and now account for more than 40 percent of all under five deaths.
Medical and aid officials gathered in Johannesburg this week for the conference dedicated to developing strategies to save more newborns.
Chlorhexidine has been around for ages and is often used as an antiseptic, but a number of studies are confirming that this intervention could have a major impact on the high number of newborn deaths in the world and more specifically sub-Saharan Africa.
South Africa is praised for its fast progress in increasing post-natal survival rates due to HIV programmes, but Lawn warned that this hid the fact that the country’s newborn death rate was “flatlining."
The Global Newborn Action Plan (GNAP) comes as countries make their final push towards the Millennium Development Goals. GNAP is defined as a high-level roadmap that focuses specifically on newborn health.