The World we want for every newborn child

That our newest and youngest citizens have a better chance of survival today than they did 20 years ago is a huge achievement. Worldwide, neonatal mortality has decreased by 2% each year between 1990 and 2012, from 33 to 21 deaths per 1000 livebirths.1,2 This success is due to several factors, one of which is surely the existence of an extremely dedicated group of scientists who have not only generated the evidence to save newborn lives but have also led the advocacy campaign for change. Although the world has certainly improved for newborn babies, progress has been considerably slower than for mothers and children.

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