A million babies a year die within 24 hours – report

Nigeria, Afghanistan, Guinea-Bissau, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia

Save the Children want governments to issue declarations on ending preventable newborn mortality, and said they would present their action plan to government ministers.

Pakistan holds highest rate of stillbirths globally

Pakistan

“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.”

Ending Newborn Deaths: Ensuring Every Baby Survives

Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic

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.

Emergency obstetric care inadequate, says ICDDRB

Bangladesh

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.

Woman fears banishment following stillbirth

South Africa

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.

Christie signs new law designed to help reduce stillbirths

United States of America

The law requires the establishment of new policies to sensitively manage each stillbirth.

National group in Northern Ireland will work to cut deaths

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.

Global Investment Framework for Women’s and Children’s health

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.

In India, Teenage Pregnancy Extremely Likely

Bangladesh, India

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.

South Africa far from targets to reduce maternal, infant mortality

South Africa

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.