Every Newborn: West and Central African regional consultation
9-11 JULY 2013 | DAKAR, SENEGAL
More than 80 technical experts, including representatives from 10 countries working for ministries of health, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), came together for the first-ever regional consultation toward the development of Every Newborn: An action plan to end preventable deaths. Convened by UNICEF, WHO and other partners, the group reviewed progress in reducing newborn mortality, assessed bottlenecks preventing the scale-up of proven interventions to prevent newborn deaths, identified solutions, and discussed next steps.
Newborns now account for more than 40% of the 19 000 children under the age of five dying every day. Nearly 3 million newborns die each year, and an additional 2.6 million babies are stillborn. We now know how to reduce at least two thirds of these deaths. Every Newborn: An action plan to end preventable deaths will provide a roadmap to bring all communities together – governments, civil society, academic, business, and health professionals – in a major new push for change.
Addressing newborn survival requires clear consensus on evidence, strategies and actions by a broad community of partners. The Every Newborn action plan will be developed through a series of consultation meetings throughout 2013. Key moments include the Global Newborn Health Conference in Johannesburg in April, the World Health Assembly and the Women Deliver conference in May, as well as dedicated regional and national consultation meetings and online outreach.