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.”
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.
The study found that because of shortage of skilled health officials, unskilled assistants often checked fetus position, delivered babies, managed newborns’ breathing, cleaning and weighing.
Stillbirths can occur due to a number of reasons including infection, haemorrhages and problems with the umbilical cord such as those experienced by Ndiambani and her baby.
The law requires the establishment of new policies to sensitively manage each stillbirth.
Chaired by Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael McBride, the Northern Ireland group will look at all infant deaths in Northern Ireland, from miscarriage to 1 year.
The economic and social returns of investing in women’s and children’s health are set out today in a landmark article published in The Lancet.
Stillbirths and newborn deaths are 50% more likely among infants of adolescent mothers than among mothers aged 20 to 29, according to the WHO in 2012.
The worst district for stillbirths was the Western Cape’s Central Karoo district, where they have more than doubled in a year although the number of cases is still small.