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Despite drop in under-five mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day – UN report

Despite drop in under-five mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day – UN report

In southern Asia and Sub Saharan Africa life-saving know-how and technologies must be made readily available, to stop babies from dying the day they are born.

Highlights of the report:

  • Although the number of children dying before age five is at a new low – 5.6 million in 2016 compared with nearly 9.9 million in 2000 – the proportion of newborn deaths during that period has jumped from 41 to 46 per cent.
  • The lives of 50 million children under-five have been saved since 2000, a testament to the serious commitment by governments and development partners to tackle preventable child deaths. But without a greater effort to stop babies from dying the day they are born, or days after their birth, this progress will remain incomplete.
  • Current trends suggest that between 2017 and 2030, 30 million newborns will die within first 28 days of life.

Improving quality and availability of services

  • Improving quality of services and timely care during and after childbirth must be prioritized.
  • The best measure of success for universal health coverage is that every mother should not only be able to access health care easily, but that it should be quality, affordable care that will ensure a healthy and productive life for her children and family.
  • Despite progress, large disparities in child survival still exist across regions and countries – especially in Southern Asia sub-Saharan Africa.
  • This new report highlights the remarkable progress since 2000 in reducing mortality among children under age five.

Reducing inequities and reaching the most vulnerable newborns, children and mothers are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target on ending preventable childhood deaths and for ensuring that no one will be left behind.

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