Transforming care for the 30 million vulnerable newborns who are currently being left behind is a smart investment in the health and development of future generations. It will also significantly move us along the path to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through universal health coverage (UHC), by 2030.
UNICEF and WHO, with support from partners including USAID, Every Preemie Scale, Save the Children, LSHTM, and the Gates Foundation, have collaborated on a technical report focusing on small and sick newborns. The report will contribute to advancing the goals set out in the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030) and builds upon the momentum of Every Newborn: an action plan to end preventable deaths.
The Key Findings report, Survive and thrive: transforming care for every small and sick newborn, provides an overview of what will be presented in the full report. It outlines the global problem, showcases the progress, summarizes what can be done to transform inpatient care for small and sick newborns, and demonstrates the importance of data to guide investment and improve quality and equity. It presents a clear call to action to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals to ensure every newborn has the chance to live a healthy and productive life.
To accompany this report, Healthy Newborn Network has initiated a blog series “Telling your story: Transforming care for small and sick newborns” features moving posts from health care providers, families, communities, innovators, researchers and implementers.