The announcement came on Friday at the International Conference on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Africa, held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Democratic Republic of Congo World’s Toughest Place to Be a Mother, Finland the Best-Save the Children
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the toughest place in the world to be a mother.
The charity compared factors such as maternal health, child mortality, education and income in 176 countries.
For the first time, the charity has compiled a separate index on newborn deaths. While deaths of children under five around the world have come down substantially in recent years, there has been little progress on newborns.
Newborn deaths reduce by 1.3 million in two decades but will take Africa 150 years to reach US/UK newborn survival levels – Study
The first week of life is considered as the riskiest week for newborns but yet many countries are only just beginning postnatal care programmes to reach mothers and babies at this critical time
Fewer newborn babies are dying worldwide, but progress is too slow and Africa is being left behind, said a global study led by the World Health Organization