The 'Pressing Need' To Save The Lives Of Women And Newborns In India

In this post on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, the second in a multi-week series, Joy Lawn, director of Evidence and Policy for the Saving Newborn Lives program of Save the Children, and Kate Kerber, the Africa regional specialist with Saving Newborn Lives at Save the Children U.S., “explore the pressing need — and what our partners are doing to address the need — to save the lives of women and newborns in India,” where, “according to new numbers released this week by the World Health Organization (WHO), Save the Children, and partners, … [o]ne out of every four newborn deaths around the world” occurs. “While India is not currently on track to achieve its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 target, to reduce child mortality, by the year 2015, the nation has made progress in reducing child deaths and that pace has increased in recent years,” they write (8/31).

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