(This is a new project - the text is in draft)
Each year an estimated 2.7 million newborns die, in addition to 2.6 stillbirths. The main causes of death are complications of prematurity (36%), infections (23%), and intrapartum complications leading to birth injury (23%), and many of these deaths are preventable. To prevent newborn death and disability requires health systems to deliver routine newborn care (cleanliness, thermal care and support for breastfeeding) for all babies, newborn resuscitation and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) within all facilities for all babies who need it; and timely provision of high quality inpatient care for babies born small and sick.
The CHIFA Newborn Care Project convenes all stakeholders to explore and address how to improve quality of care at and around the time of birth, particularly for babies born small and sick in low and middle income countries. This work thereby aims to contribute to global efforts to prevent and reduce newborn death and morbidity as part of the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP), a multi-partner initiative backed by a World Health Assembly Resolution. ENAP aims to reduce preventable newborn deaths with national targets of =12 neonatal deaths per 1000 live births, and =12 stillbirths per 1000 total births, by 2030.