In Bangladesh, serious infections including sepsis, meningitis, and pneumonia directly cause 73,000 deaths in 2015 newborn deaths each year. Prevention through improved hygiene, chlorhexidine cord antisepsis on the first day, and exclusive breastfeeding can avert a substantial number of life-threatening infections. Nevertheless, serious newborn infections still occur frequently, in part because of inadequate prevention, and because of the increased vulnerability of newborns to acquire infections with dangerously pathogenic bacteria.
This is Brief 2 in a series. The other briefs are:
Brief 1: National Newborn Health Program (NNHP) for Ending Preventable Newborn Deaths in Bangladesh
Brief 3: Facility Readiness and Initiation of Kangaroo Mother Care
Brief 4: Improving newborn care and care-seeking practices in Bangladesh through an SBCC approach
Brief 5: Newborn Commodities in Bangladesh Health System
Brief 6: Implementing the Comprehensive Newborn Care Package: Integration and Use of Data in Routine Health Information System
Brief 7: Newborn Health in Urban Bangladesh