Essential Steps for Improving Newborn Survival eLearning course

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– Global Health eLearning Center, 2017
– This 150-minute course gives and introduction to newborn mortality worldwide, early interventions for maternal and newborn health, and routine essential newborn care for every baby at birth.

The newborn period is the most vulnerable time in a child’s life. Close to half of under-five childhood deaths occur in this vulnerable newborn period. This course will orient participants to the latest research, technical knowledge, and best practices that are essential to babies surviving and thriving around the world.


By the end of this mini-course, the participant will be able to understand and discuss the following:

  • The magnitude, breadth, disparities, and significance of newborn mortality worldwide
  • The primary causes and risk factors for neonatal morbidity, mortality, and stillbirths
  • Effective interventions for maternal and newborn health across the life cycle, including preconception care, healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, antenatal care, labor and delivery management, and postnatal care
  • Foundations of routine essential newborn care for every baby at birth, including helping babies breathe, keeping them warm, keeping them clean, helping them feed, and regular monitoring and assessment for mother and baby
  • Metrics and indicators related to newborn health
  • Current global partnerships and initiatives related to newborn health
  • Program development and implementation strategies for essential newborn care, including successful case studies


The following individuals are greatly appreciated for their invaluable support and expertise in developing this course:

  • Stella Abwao, MCSP
  • Tedbabe Degefie, UNICEF
  • Nandini Jayarajan, CCP
  • Lily Kak, USAID
  • Neena Khadka, MCSP
  • Smita Kumar, USAID
  • Ornella Lincetto, WHO
  • Goldy Mazia, MCSP
  • Corinne Mazzeo, MCSP
  • Lisa Mwaikambo, CCP
  • Susan Niermeyer, USAID
  • Bina Valsangkar, Saving Newborn Lives, Save the Children
  • Greta Wetzel, Saving Newborn Lives, Save the Children
  • Lydia Wisner, MCSP

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