What are some other key issues in newborn health?
While a majority of neonatal mortality is related to three main causes (preterm birth, complications during birth and severe infections), a host of other factors contribute to maternal and newborn health outcomes.
Chief among these are whether women and children have access to the services they need in the right place and throughout the continuum of care. Also important is whether care is effectively delivered at scale and is of sufficient quality to make a difference. To address these issues, policymakers, practitioners, and researchers must consider the degree of community engagement; the context in which healthcare services are delivered (including in fragile states or during emergencies); and how best to train, deploy, and support service providers.