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Opportunities for Africa's Newborns: Practical Data, Policy and Programmatic Support for Newborn Care in Africa, November 2006

Opportunities for Africa's Newborns: Practical Data, Policy and Programmatic Support for Newborn Care in Africa, November 2006

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Opportunities for Africa’s Newborns
Practical data, policy and programmatic support for newborn care in Africa
Each year at least 1.16 million newborns die in Sub-Saharan Africa. The African region has the highest rates of neonatal mortality in the world, and has shown the slowest progress so far in reducing neonatal deaths. However there is hope. In the past year the rate of policy change in African countries far exceeded expectations, providing opportunities to accelerate progress for maternal, newborn and child health.
Opportunities for Africa’s Newborns
Practical data, policy and programmatic support for newborn care in Africa
Each year at least 1.16 million newborns die in Sub-Saharan Africa. The African region has the highest rates of neonatal mortality in the world, and has shown the slowest progress so far in reducing neonatal deaths. However there is hope. In the past year the rate of policy change in African countries far exceeded expectations, providing opportunities to accelerate progress for maternal, newborn and child health.

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Opportunities for Africa’s Newborns
Practical data,policy and programmaticsupportfor newborn carein Africa
 
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Opportunities for Africa’s Newborns
 
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.
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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?
SECTION II:
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.
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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.
SECTION IV:
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.
SECTION V:
Asummaryofrelevant data for decision making for46 countries in sub-Saharan Africa regarding maternal,newborn and childhealth status and policy.
SECTION I
Africa’snewborns – counting them andmaking them count
SECTION V
Information for action
SECTION IV
Reaching every motherand babyin Africa withessential care
SECTION III
Opportunities to delivernewborn care in existingprogrammes
SECTION II
The continuum of carefor maternal,newbornand child health
 
Opportunities for Africa’s Newborns
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11Africas newborns – counting them and makingthem count2Message Dr Gertrude Mongella,Pan-African Parliament3Foreword Dr Francisco Songane,Partnershipfor Maternal,Newborn,and Child Health4Introduction Professor E.Oluwole Akande,African Regional MNCH Task Force5Findings and actions
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39Care for girls and women before pregnancy51Antenatal care63Childbirth care79Postnatal care91Integrated Management of Childhood Illness101Nutrition and breastfeeding promotion113Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programmes127Malaria control programmes137Immunisation programmes
Contents
151Reaching every mother and baby in Africa withessential care173Information for action232 References241 Index245 Acknowledgements23The continuum of care for maternal,newbornand child health

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