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Melinda Gates Endorses Global Action To End Newborn Deaths At World Health Assembly

News outlets report on Melinda Gates’ keynote address on newborn health to the World Health Assembly on Tuesday.

Devex: Melinda Gates to WHA: We need your support on newborn health
“…‘The world is saving newborns at a much slower rate than older children,’ Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said on Tuesday at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. … In her speech, Melinda Gates stressed the need to elevate improving newborn health within the broader context of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health — known as RMNCH — and gave five examples of simple, inexpensive interventions that are already available and cited in a recent study by The Lancet that would save hundreds of thousands of newborns each year…” (Santamaria, 5/20).

TIME: Saving 3 Million Babies Is Easier Than You Think
“The news on the childhood mortality front is both very good and very bad. Millions have been saved, but millions are still dying. Melinda Gates, in an address to the World Health Assembly, offers some smart solutions…” (Kluger, 5/20).

VOA News: Melinda Gates Pushes to Curb Newborn Deaths
“Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, urged delegates to endorse the first global action plan to end newborn deaths in a keynote address to the World Health Assembly…” (Schlein, 5/20).

World Health Organization: World Health Assembly guest speakers focus on gender-based violence and newborn health
“Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata, First Lady of Zambia (WHO Goodwill Ambassador against gender-based violence), and Melinda Gates, co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, addressed delegates at the World Health Assembly [Tuesday] afternoon. Dr. Kaseba-Sata deplored the prevalence of violence against women and girls and the extent to which cases of violence remain hidden and unrecognized. … Ms. Gates then highlighted ways to improve the health of mothers and newborn babies…” (5/20).

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