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10 facts on child health

Sleeping newborn baby cradled by mother

Nearly three million children died in 2011 within a month of their birth

Newborn life is fragile. Health risks to newborns are minimized by:

  • quality care during pregnancy;
  • safe delivery by a skilled birth attendant;
  • essential neonatal care after birth: immediate attention to breathing and warmth, hygienic cord and skin care, and exclusive breastfeeding.
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