May 29, 2010

Newborn Deaths Unchanged Despite Reduction in Under 5 Child Deaths


Denise Grady reports on the progress made in reducing the number of children who die worldwide yearly from 11.9 million in 1990 to 7.7 million estimated in 2010. It appears that these deaths were primarily reduced due to initiatives that focused on specific diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria.  Unfortunately, almost 4 million of these deaths take place during the first month of life.  Almost 1million of these are due to asphyxia. This is a condition that can usually be treated successfully if the mother delivers in a facility where a skilled birth attendant is present. Unfortunately, health systems are either broken or non-existent in these developing countries and mothers cannot access these services. Obama’s Global Health Initiative is tackling with this enormous task. With the G 8 Summit ahead, along with the Women Deliver Conference, we may have finally reached a tipping point where ideas become actionable. Here is the link to her reporting of the The Lancet article:

Did you know?

Every year, more than one million children are left motherless and vulnerable because of maternal death.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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