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More Than 1M Babies Die On Their First Day Of Life, Save The Children Reports

News outlets report on the new Save the Children report, titled “Ending Newborn Deaths” (.pdf).

ABC News Australia: Developing nations urged to support mothers giving birth
“The charity Save the Children is calling on health ministers in developing countries to provide more support to mothers as it delivers a report that shows that 40 million women each year give birth without medical support. … In 2000, the international community set a goal that by next year 90 percent of women in the world would have skilled support at birth…” (Hawke, 2/25).

BBC News: Child mortality levels ‘still too high’
“Despite progress against child mortality, every day more than 18,000 children under five still die from preventable causes, according to a report from Save the Children. Every year the lives of two million newborn children could be saved by provision of better basic health care, the charity says…” (2/25).

Devex: Tackling newborn deaths? We need more (qualified) health workers
“Up to 51 percent of births in sub-Saharan Africa take place without the presence of a midwife or skilled health worker. … [D]espite claimed progress, much works remains to be done in addressing newborn and child mortality across the globe a year before the Millennium Development Goals expire. One way of moving forward, according to international humanitarian organization Save the Children, would be to increase the number of skilled health workers, particularly in those countries where they are most needed…” (Ravelo, 2/25).

The Guardian: More than a million babies die on the day of their birth every year
“More than a million babies around the world die on the day of their birth yearly and a million more are stillborn, according to Save the Children, which argues that most of these deaths are preventable. Although great strides have been made in reducing the numbers of children dying under the age of five in the past decade — numbers have halved from 12 million to 6.6 million, there has not been enough progress in reducing the preventable deaths of newborn babies, says the charity…” (Boseley, 2/24).

Huffington Post U.K.: One Million Babies Die On First Day Of Their Lives, Save The Children Report Says
“One million babies die on the first day of their lives every year, Save the Children has warned. But more than half of these deaths could be prevented if every woman and baby had access to expert health care workers, the charity said…” (2/25).

The Independent: More than a million children die on their first and only day of life, Save The Children reveals
“According to Save The Children, more than one million babies die each year on their first and only day of life. The first 24 hours of a child’s life are the most dangerous, yet one half of first day deaths around the world could be prevented if the mother and baby had access to free health care and a skilled midwife…” (2/24).