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.
International healthcare organisations on Monday noted progress in the global fight against deaths among newborns and stunted growth due to malnutrition, but said further support was needed.
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.
The conference is focused on newborns, but our panoramic view involves partnerships across many sectors. As the proverb goes, a bundle of sticks is not easily broken. To raise the profile of newborn survival, we need a strong bundle of sticks.
In Malawi, treatment through Option B+ reduced barriers to women receiving life-saving medications. Option B+ enabled women to receive ART and prenatal care in the same clinic, and required only a positive rapid HIV test result to initiate treatments.
There is no simple blueprint for leading this kind of attitudinal change at a national level, but the “safe motherhood committees” are a savvy dissemination tool at the tribal level.
Another approach, Museveni suggested, should be sensitisation. "This is very crucial to educate expectant mothers to attend ante-natal clinics in order to ensure safe delivery.
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Despite being on track to meet MDG4, more women need to be visiting antenatal care facilities in the first trimester.
Community Based Maternal Neonatal Care Programme has reduced maternal and neonatal deaths in Dowa, Malawi implementers of the project said.