Dying: Millions of women in childbirth, newborns, and young children

Programmes and interventions known to work

The new analysis reports on the usage of specific packages of interventions, which, if scaled up, have been proven to reduce the continuing high toll of preventable deaths.

These packages form the core of effective health systems that can deliver a full range of services to assure that every pregnancy is wanted, that every birth is safe, and that every newborn and child is healthy.

A number of these packages of interventions are underutilized and underfunded including:

  • Comprehensive family planning
  • Skilled birth attendance
  • Emergency obstetric care
  • Antenatal and postnatal care
  • Breastfeeding and child feeding practices
  • Prevention and treatment of diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria

Ensuring these services are available to all women and children who need them would go a long way in reducing mortality and improving the health of women, newborns and children under 5, and get countries closer to reaching MDGs 4 and 5.