Newborn survival challenges in Kenya
“For every mother and baby, a healthy start from pregnancy through childbirth and the first months after birth is essential,” said Dr Soumya Swaminathan Deputy Director General for Programmes at WHO.
A recent report by the UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund states that between 1990 to 2009, globally 79 million newborns did not survive the first month. 98 per cent of these deaths occurred in low-income countries such as Kenya. According to the 2014 Kenya Demographic Health Survey, neonatal mortality was at 22 deaths per every 1,000 live births.
A new report by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, the survival chances of nearly 30 million can be improved if there is adequate specialized care. “When it comes to babies and their mothers, the right care at the right time in the right place can make all the difference,” said Omar Abdi, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director.