SURVIVING DAY ONE: Caring for Mothers and Newborns in Humanitarian Emergencies on the Day of Childbirth

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Many countries experiencing humanitarian crises, including civil conflict, recurring natural disasters, or both, also have severe newborn and maternal mortality.4,5 For countries already burdened with poor maternal and newborn health outcomes, emergencies exacerbate existing challenges. Population movements, insecurity, increased burden on health systems, poor or damaged infrastructure and limited availability of qualified health workers can restrict access to quality care. 6 Recent analyses have indicated that roughly 60% of maternal deaths and 45% of newborn deaths occur in countries affected by a humanitarian crisis or fragile conditions.7,8 The highest rates of stillbirth occur in conflict and emergency settings.9 Further studies and efforts to improve measurements are encouraged in order to better track progress and increase accountability.


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