The Nigeria Newborn Health Conference was convened to build synergy and commitment toward ending preventable newborn deaths and renewing the momentum for newborn survival.
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.
The Partners’ Forum was focused on various issues related to success and setbacks of maternal and newborn health.
Global forum calls for urgent action to curb health inequities, cut maternal and child mortality
Health experts from around the world say millions of innocent lives continue be lost every year, due to pregnant women neglecting their responsibilities and a lack of political will from the leaders.
This week holds the opportunity for us to show that we are serious about having a world where no child is born to die.
The medical journal, The Lancet has released findings about babies worldwide ahead of the Partners Forum set for June in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“There has been a fatalistic acceptance from both communities and governments,” Professor Joy Lawn, a Ugandan-born paediatrician at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told AllAfrica in a telephone interview.
“Focusing on the crucial period between labour and the first hours of life can exponentially increase the chances of survival for both mother and child.”