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Maternal, newborn and child survival: meeting the Millennium Development Goals [WP950]

This conference discussed the following points:

Across the globe, nearly 10 million children die before the age of five each year – that is one child every three seconds. Nearly four million die within their first 28 days (newborn deaths). Three million babies die within one week of birth, including up to 2 million who die on their first day of life.

An estimated 500,000 women also die each year as a result of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Child and maternal mortality are inextricably linked.

Key points:

  • How do we mainstream equity – what do we need to do to ensure that the poorest mothers and children can benefit from health, nutrition and broader interventions?
  • In those countries which have been successful in cutting maternal, newborn and child survival rates, what have been the key factors that explain this progress?
  • How do we make national governments more accountable for their performance on maternal, newborn and child survival?
  • Of the existing international health initiatives which is the most promising in terms of securing real progress on maternal newborn and child survival?

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