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Better Records, Quality Of Care Could Improve Newborn Health

Media outlets continue to report on The Lancet’s maternal and newborn health series.

New York Times: Lancet Study Calls for Action to Prevent Millions of Newborn Deaths
“…Around the world, nearly three million newborns die each year and an additional 2.6 million are stillborn. The Lancet report finds that progress in reducing these mortality rates is lagging even though simple interventions can be enormously effective. … Most newborn deaths are preventable, the report said…” (Vyawahare, 5/20).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Fatalistic outlook on ‘invisible’ newborn deaths obstructs fight against infant mortality
“Every day, 15,000 babies enter and leave the world with no record of their ever having existed, while one in three newborns — more than 45 million babies — do not have a birth certificate by their first birthday, undermining the fight against infant mortality, experts say. … This week the World Health Organization’s annual decision-making assembly convenes to review the Every Newborn action plan, which is based on the Lancet findings and aims to end preventable deaths for newborns and stillbirths by 2035…” (Hussain, 5/21).

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