Every year, 2.7 million babies die within the first month of life and roughly the same number are stillborn, according to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).
As most of these deaths go unrecorded, countries cannot fully understand what action needs to be taken to prevent more infants from dying.
Dianne Penn reports on how WHO is “Making Every Baby Count.”
A virus that could result in devastating birth defects has now spread to at least 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a branch of the World Health Organization.
The Zika virus is spread by mosquitos. Its most common symptoms are a mild fever and skin rash accompanied by joint or muscle pain. It’s not thought to be fatal, but health experts becoming increasingly concerned about how the virus could affect unborn babies.
Improvements in an incentive payment system for midwives in India has led to healthier mums and babies.
Through the system, supported by the private sector investment arm of the World Bank, midwives receive cash payments for each baby born in a health centre.
Children delivered by trained medical staff are more likely to survive than those born at home.