Africa Fails Her Newborn Children

Despite a significant reduction in child deaths around the globe, a new report shows that sub-Saharan Africa has made the least progress.
  • Africa:  Continent Fails Her Newborn Children, 12 June 2012

    Despite a significant reduction in child deaths around the globe, a new report released today shows that the health of newborn babies has been largely overlooked. read more »

  • Malawi:  Kangaroo Care Helps Malawi Leap Forward, 12 June 2012

    Malawi, one of Africa's poorest nations, has made significant progress in improving the survival of newborns and is on track to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goal ... read more »

More than 75 percent of newborn deaths can be prevented by scaling up interventions like Kangaroo Mother Care - wrapping newborns in skin-to-skin contact with their mothers.

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  • Africa:  The Causes of Maternal and Child Deaths

    Health-e, 11 June 2012

    The lack of proper sanitation, poor access to health services, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS are all contributing factors to early childhood deaths. Maternal deaths are also ... read more »

  • Africa:  Tackling Deadliest Diseases for World's Poorest Children Can Yield Huge Gains - Unicef

    United Nations Children's Fund, 8 June 2012

    A new report from UNICEF focuses on the huge potential to narrow the child survival gap between the richest and the poorest by focusing on pneumonia and diarrhoea - the two primary ... read more »

  • Africa:  Unicef - Treat Pneumonia and Diarrhoea and Save Infants

    Health-e, 8 June 2012

    Childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea, two diseases that should ordinarily be treated and cured, are killing two million children under five each year. read more »

  • Africa:  Global Report: Preterm Birth Rates Highest in sub-Saharan Africa

    World Health Organization, 2 May 2012

    Each year, some 15 million babies in the world, more than one in 10 births, are born too early, according to the just released report Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on ... read more »

  • Africa:  South Sudan Has Fourth Highest Infant Mortality Rate

    Sudan Tribune, 6 June 2012

    South Sudan has the fourth highest infant mortality rate in Africa according to a report published by the African Development Banks last month. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Ekiti Speaker Raises Alarm Over Maternal, Infant Mortality Rates

    Daily Trust, 5 June 2012

    Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin has said that a grave danger is looming in the country if nothing is done to address the high maternal and infant ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Routine Immunization for Infants - Still a Battle Royale

    Daily Trust, 4 June 2012

    For the past few days, Hajiya Fatima Abubakar (actual names withheld) says she has to wake up as early as 4am. Her attitude is not connected however to any fastidious tendencies or ... read more »

  • Namibia:  Save Our Children From Unnecessary Death

    The Namibian, 29 May 2012

    THE death of Juliana Kleopas and her newborn baby at the Katutura State Hospital on May 13 2012 occasioned angst and soul searching among Namibians not only about nursing care in ... read more »

  • Tanzania:  Neonatal Mortality Remains a Problem

    Tanzania Daily News, 9 May 2012

    NURSES and Midwives have been told that they can reduce or prevent neonatal mortality by applying simple and local interventions. read more »

  • Rwanda:  Midwives and Nurses Skilled On Infant Mortality Alleviation

    Rwanda Focus, 7 June 2012

    A 3-day training workshop of trainers on neonatal resuscitation in the context of essential newborn care was started on Wednesday in Kigali for nursing tutors and preceptors. read more »