Better Care At Birth Can Save 3M Children, Lancet Series Says

Media outlets report on findings released in a series of papers published in The Lancet and supported by UNICEF on maternal and newborn health.

Agence France-Presse: Better care can save 3 mn babies, mothers per year
“The lives of three million women and babies can be saved every year by 2025 for an annual investment of about a dollar per head in better maternity care, researchers said Tuesday. About 8,000 newborn babies die and another 7,000 are stillborn every day — 2.9 million and 2.6 million per year respectively, according to a review of data from 195 countries published in The Lancet medical journal…” (5/19).

U.N. News Centre: Quality care at birth could save nearly 3 million children — U.N.-backed study
“The majority of the almost three million children who die before they turn one month old could be saved if they received quality care around the time of birth, according to the findings released today in a study supported by the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is urging additional attention and resources for this group of children…” (5/19).

The Lancet: Worldwide nearly six million babies are born and die each year without birth or death certificates
“…Findings from the Every Newborn Series, published today in The Lancet, paint the clearest picture to date of a newborn’s chance of survival and the steps that must be taken to end preventable infant deaths. New analyses indicate that three million maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths can be prevented each year with proven interventions — including the promotion of breastfeeding, neonatal resuscitation, kangaroo mother care or preterm babies, antenatal corticosteroids, and the prevention and treatment of infections…” (5/19).

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