Proven, low-tech and inexpensive solutions exist to stop children dying. But they’re simply not being deployed on the scale needed to tackle the problem. Most importantly, these deaths are not random events beyond our control. To a considerable extent, they are the outcome of policy and political choices taken by governments. They are also influenced by cultural, economic, environmental, political and social factors that governments, international institutions, the private sector and civil society could help to shape or mitigate. We must address these underlying causes of newborn and child mortality – poverty, discrimination, conflict, the denial of rights and barriers to equitable access to high quality health systems.
What we need is the will – from politicians, the public, aid agencies, companies,
EVERY ONE – to make it happen on a global scale.