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Worldwide nearly six million babies are born and die each year without birth or death certificates 19 May 2014

Save the Children is proud to have contributed to a ground-breaking series of papers on newborn health released today by The Lancet medical journal. Professor Joy Lawn, Director of the MARCH Centre at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the UK and senior adviser to Save the Children, is one of the lead authors of the series. 

Called Every Newborn, the Series provides new evidence on the urgent need to improve efforts to save maternal and newborn lives around the time of birth. Globally, nearly 3 million babies die in the first month of life and 2.6 million babies are stillborn each year. In addition, 287,000 women die annually from complications of pregnancy & childbirth.  The Series provides strong support for the Every Newborn Action Plan, a global roadmap to help countries sharpen their plans to reduce maternal and newborn mortality.  Health officials from around the world are gathering in Geneva this week at the World Health Assembly to consider a resolution in support of the historic plan, which Save the Children strongly supports.


Read the press release.