“At the moment one in 200 babies are stillborn in Scotland. Our rate ranks Scotland 31st out of 33 high income countries in the world.”
We need to harness our power for progress and put it to work improving the lives of people around the world. That’s the spirit the Obama Administration has brought to all of our development work.
The stillbirth rate in these nine districts not only outnumbers infant deaths but is also alarmingly higher than the national average.
To reduce under-five mortality rate, there is a need for huge investment in health services for pregnant women and the newborn baby, including the prevention of preterm births and stillbirths and scale-up of effective low-cost interventions, it stated.
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.
South Africa is praised for its fast progress in increasing post-natal survival rates due to HIV programmes, but Lawn warned that this hid the fact that the country’s newborn death rate was “flatlining."
Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of stillbirth in the world and little progress has been made in reducing those deaths.
"Our aim is to bring stillbirths significantly down in the next few years. This can only be done when more pregnant women start receiving pre-delivery or antenatal care (ANC) right from the conception stage."
There are significant opportunities to enhance research into pregnancy complications and develop solutions to prevent prematurity and stillbirth.
The global mortality rate for young children has been nearly halved in the past two decades, but Africa and South Asia have not kept pace, the United Nations said.