New data released today by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013.
Most are from preventable causes such as diseases like pneumonia, malnutrition and complications in labour, but new research highlights success in Rwanda.
“These studies revealed that improving people’s health and strengthening health systems required investing in health-enhancing sectors such as education, water and sanitation, social protection, and infrastructure development.”
In a simple home in the village of Mosebo, Ethiopia—an earthen floor and walls made of wood and mud—a woman sat on a mattress on the floor with her crying, 8-month-old son. The mother, Alemitu Kelkay, pressed him to her breast, and eventually he quieted down.
The Partners’ Forum was focused on various issues related to success and setbacks of maternal and newborn health.
Ten countries, including Nepal and Bangladesh in South Asia, have dramatically reduced mother and child deaths within two decades despite social and political challenges.
Minister Paradis attends the high-level forum Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths in Washington, DC.
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.
“This special issue provides practitioners with insight into the community-based efforts to reduce maternal and infant mortality in Ethiopia.”