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It is until just 28 days after birth that a baby is called a newborn and this is the most vulnerable period of a baby’s life. The recently launched global report of Save the Children “Ending Newborn Deaths: Ensuring Every Baby Survives” quotes some heartbreaking facts and figures about newborn survival worldwide as well as in Pakistan. The report recognizes that under 5 years mortality has been halved over last couple of decades but points towards a global crisis that has faced sheer neglect and inequity and that is the newborn survival.
Save the Children today marked the launch of the Newborn report through a breakfast meeting at the Best Western Premier Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The event was well attended by stakeholders from various organizations as well as the media fraternity. The meeting began with a request for a moment of silence by the Master of Ceremony, Angela Nguku from the White Ribbon Alliance, for the millions of children who are dying every day.
The Nigerian Health Bill (NHB) 2014 was passed by the Nigerian upper legislative chamber, the senate, on the 19th of February, 2014. The date ‘19th’ seems to be a very important day of the month as far as the NHB is concerned. But that is not the reason for this write up. Given the poor health indices in Nigeria especially with regards to Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and the need to create momentum for Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria, there is a need for an enabling environment for a robust Health System.
By Nabeela Kausar, Save the Children
More than 173 people from various UN Agencies, representatives of the provincial government, civil society and media promised to save newborn lives. When I stepped into the hall I noticed that the stage was ready and the pledge board was in place. I felt proud looking at the statement “I’m backing the promise to save newborn lives” on the board.
At 09:15am people started arriving, including policy makers, civil society and the media.
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