Save the Children's Global Campaign - Ending Newborn Deaths

Save the Children's Global Campaign - Ending Newborn Deaths

The first 24 hours of a child's life are the most dangerous with more than one million babies dying each year on their first and only day of life, according to new research published today by Save the Children.

The new report -- Ending Newborn Deaths -- shows one half of first day deaths around the world could be prevented if the mother and baby had access to free health care and a skilled midwife. In a bid to save millions of newborn lives, Save the Children has called on world leaders to commit in 2014 to a blueprint for change -- The Five Point Newborn Promise -- which focuses on training and equipping enough skilled health workers to make sure no baby is born without proper help, and removing fees for all pregnancy and birth services.

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