Newborn Health Advocacy at Global Conference

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Nearly 3 million newborns die each year in low and middle income countries and the majority of these deaths can be prevented. The 2013 Global Newborn Health Conference has been launched to address the major causes of newborn mortality.

Just think of the devastation we feel here in the U.S. and other developed countries when just one newborn dies. Could you even imagine being pregnant with this increased risk of losing your baby. Around the world, many women have to.

Here are some more facts about newborn death that might startle you (from Impatient Optimists, a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation):

  • 99% of the 3 million newborns that die each year are in low- and middle-income countries
  • A newborn is 45x times more likely to die in the first month of life, when compared to age 1 month to 5 years?
  • The major causes of newborn death are prematurity, infection, and birth asphyxia when a baby’s brain and other organs do not get enough oxygen before, during or right after birth are?
  • Complications of preterm birth are the second leading cause of death in children before their fifth birthday?

The first Global Newborn Health Conference will be held from April 15 – 18, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference will be hosted by USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United Nations Children’s Fund, in collaboration with the World Health Organization.

The goals of this conference are to share challenges, lesson and best practices. They will discuss research priorities and experiences and update global guidelines. The hope is that all attendees will commit to accelerate action in their countries on newborn programming.

You can be involved. The 2013 Global Newborn Health Conference will stream live on the web at Like the conference Facebook page. Follow the twitter conference hashtag #NEWBORN2013. Or just go to the 2013 Global Newborn Health Conference social media page and find all of the above.

Why do you need to know about any of this. Because the more people that are informed, the more people care and inform others and then more people take action. Please share this information and get the ball rolling.

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  1. I’d never heard of this conference before! I’m going to check out the live streaming, thanks!

  2. Gosh, I had no idea that MANY babies died each year. So sad.

  3. What a great cause. Thank you for sharing it with us and helping us get involved.

  4. TheSuburbanMom :

    Oh I can’t imagine something happening to my babies. What an important message

  5. Thanks for the information. I think the Global Newborn Health Conference is a very important conference.

  6. I didn’t know about this conference, but I can tell you that it’s scary as hell to be told that your 10 day old child may die before she’s 6 weeks old. Those are words no parent should hear. The good news is that my baby is now 7. Your article is a reminder that this “good news” doesn’t happen for everyone, especially when they’re not in the US.

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