Advancing Newborn Health: The Saving Newborn Lives Initiative

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Before the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s award to Save the Children for the Saving Newborn Lives initiative (SNL) in 2000, newborn health was virtually absent from the global health agenda.  SNL developed programmes, research, advocacy strategies and partnerships to highlight and address this previously neglected issue – four million newborns dying each year – and demonstrated that low-cost, community-based interventions could significantly reduce newborn mortality. 

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