International Partners Must Accelerate Efforts To End Preventable Maternal, Newborn, Child Deaths
Bangkok Post: Upholding the rights of newborns
Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director of the WHO Southeast Asia
“…WHO has been prioritizing ending preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths in the Southeast Asia Region. … Accelerating interventions to improve maternal and newborn health would require governments to ensure sufficient, sustainable, and equity-focused financing; adequate and skilled human resources; and essential commodities and equipment for maternal and newborn health. Strong health systems are needed to deliver high-quality service … Strong partnerships are needed with communities to reach the unreached women and newborns; and with other related sectors, civil society, and the private sector to meet the new goals of reducing newborn mortality by 2030. … Though countries are making efforts, clearly more needs to be done…” (2/2).