Participants of the ceremony – doctors, journalists and government authorities – were all shocked to learn about the lack of basic health facilities to majority of Pakistani mothers, resulting in death of hundreds of thousands of children across Pakistan.
Save the Children want governments to issue declarations on ending preventable newborn mortality, and said they would present their action plan to government ministers.
“It’s criminal that many of these 200,000 deaths annually in Pakistan could be averted simply by having someone around to make sure the birth takes place safely and knows what to do in a crisis.”
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More than half of the deliveries do not occur in well-equipped healthy facilities.
Awareness regarding nutritional needs for the mother and child during and after pregnancy is poor in the general population.
The community-based maternal and newborn health services have the highest scalability potential for rural and remote areas of Pakistan.
Health professionals and experts from national and international organizations participated in a discussion that stressed the need to implement remedial steps to address factors causing large numbers of maternal and newborn deaths.
The newborn mortality rate now constitutes more than half of all infant deaths. IMR, MMR and newborn mortality rates are higher than those in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Most often the best excuse the government advances for the failure is financial constraint, but there are cost-effective innovations and methods that could help save millions of lives.