Each year at least1.16 million newborns die in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The African region hasthe highest rates of neonatal mortality in the world,and has shown the slowest progress so far in reducing neonataldeaths.However there is hope.In the past year the rate of policy change in African countries far exceededexpectations,providing opportunities to accelerate progress for maternal,newborn and child health.
Anoverview of neonatal deaths,and lives that could besaved in Africa in order to guide policy and programme priority setting.Where,when and why do African newborns die and how many couldbe saved?
Asummaryof the continuum of carethroughpre-pregnancy,pregnancy,childbirth and the postnatal period,highlightingcurrent gaps in coverage of care and opportunities to address these gapsat all levels – family and community care,outreach services,and primaryand referral care facilities.
An overview of the current situation for 9 key programmesrelated to newborn health.These overviews examine the opportunities,challenges and case studies related to strengthening and integrating newbornhealth along the continuum of care.
Policy frameworks are now in place,but the gap remainsbetween policy and action,especially for the poorest.What can we learnfrom countries who are progressing? Practical steps are provided forstrengthening and integrating service provision to provide newborn care.
Asummaryofrelevant data for decision making for46 countries in sub-Saharan Africa regarding maternal,newborn and childhealth status and policy.
Africa’snewborns – counting them andmaking them count
Information for action
Reaching every motherand babyin Africa withessential care
Opportunities to delivernewborn care in existingprogrammes
The continuum of carefor maternal,newbornand child health