Saving Newborn Lives: Essential Steps for Improving Newborn Survival

Erin Pfeiffer

Maternal and Child Survival Program | Consultant
Grace Nukayisire with her 1-day-old baby Ineza at the maternity ward in Manyange health center in Nyamata, Rwanda.

Grace Nukayisire with her 1-day-old baby Ineza at the maternity ward in Manyange health center in Nyamata, Rwanda. © 2017 Riccardo Gangale, Courtesy of Photoshare.

The newborn period is the most vulnerable time in a child’s life. While remarkable global progress has been made in the last decade to decrease child mortality, neonatal mortality reductions have occurred much more slowly. Today, nearly all newborn deaths are preventable with the current understanding of effective interventions and service delivery approaches for women and their children across the life course. There is unprecedented potential to end preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths and ensure a healthy foundation in the first month of life for lifelong wellbeing and development.

The newly updated Essential Steps for Improving Newborn Survival course will orient participants to the latest research, technical knowledge, and best practices that are critical to babies surviving and thriving around the world. Building upon the original Essential Newborn Care course, the revised curriculum explores newborn health from a life cycle perspective with key up-to-date guidance reflecting new research and recommendations, such as The Lancet’s Every Newborn Series (2014) and Ending Preventable Stillbirth Series (2016) and the World Health Organization- and UNICEF-led 2014 Every Newborn Action Plan, which was launched by 194 United Nations Member States.

Healthcare professionals, frontline providers, program managers, technical advisors, and policy makers alike will benefit from this technical overview of newborn health. Through the course, learners will be able to understand and discuss the magnitude, breath, disparities, and significance of newborn mortality worldwide; the primary causes and risk factors of neonatal morbidity, mortality, and stillbirths; and effective interventions for maternal and newborn health across the life cycle. The global opportunity for decreasing neonatal mortality has never been stronger. With the wealth of new research on proven, high-impact interventions and successful programs scaling up, the world is poised to end preventable newborn deaths. To enhance your understanding of essential actions for newborn health, take the newly updated Essential Steps for Improving Newborn Survival on the Global Health eLearning Center today!