2013 Global Newborn Health Conference
Accelerating the Scale-Up of Maternal and Newborn Health Interventions to Reduce Mortality
15-18 April 2013
Reducing neonatal mortality is essential to reaching the Millennium Development Goal for child survival. While progress has been made in addressing childhood illnesses, newborn deaths now account for 43 percent of under-five mortality. Globally, nearly 3 million newborns die each year and 2.6 million babies are stillborn. Four out of five newborn deaths result from three preventable and treatable conditions: prematurity, intrapartum-related complications (“birth asphyxia”) and infections. USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), with additional support from John Snow, Inc., the Laerdal Foundation, and Jhpiego, will host a four-day conference focused on accelerating the scale-up of high-impact interventions that address these three major causes of newborn mortality.