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Global Newborn Health

by Pennie on April 14, 2013

From Impatient Optimists of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:

What You Might Not Know About Saving Newborn Lives


How much do you really know when it comes to the unacceptable toll of newborn deaths, around the world?

Did you know that nearly 3 million newborns die each year globally?

Did you know that 99% of these newborns die in low- and middle-income countries?

Did you know that a newborn is 45X times more likely to die in the first month of life, when compared to age 1 month to 5 years?

Did you know that the major causes of newborn death are prematurity, infection, and birth asphyxia when a baby’s brain and other organs do not get enough oxygen before, during or right after birth are?

Did you know that complications of preterm birth are the second leading cause of death in children before their fifth birthday?

And, did you know that the majority of these newborn deaths can be prevented?

From April 15 – 18, 2013 the first global conference on newborn health, the Global Newborn Health Conference, will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa. On the agenda, maternal and newborn health experts, researchers, and NGOs will collaborate on innovative ways to scale high-impact interventions that will save more newborn lives globally ahead of the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

Become a part of the conversation

You can learn about newborn health facts by following the #newborn2013 hashtag and following Gary Darmstadt at@gdarmsta and @gatesfoundation.

I am a part of the Global Team of 200 of the Mom Bloggers for Social Good.  I do not receive monetary compensation for my posts, I receive emotional compensation and good karma for them! All opinions are my own.

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