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  • Saving “Every Newborn” born too soon in Bangladesh

    In Bangladesh’s Tangail Medical College Hospital, Bithy Akhter anxiously waits as her daughter, Jannat, is treated at the Special Care Newborn Unit (SCANU). Jannat was delivered preterm at 33 weeks in a private clinic. After taking Jannant home, Bithy and her husband Amin Khan noticed she had started to look bluish and she wasn’t eating […]

  • Participants at 2015 Call to Action Summit in India

    Delhi Declaration on ending preventable maternal and child deaths adopted by 22 countries

    New Delhi, August 28, 2015:  The two-day global ‘Call to Action Summit 2015’ concluded today with Health Ministers and heads of country delegations from 22 countries adopting the DELHI DECLARATION on ‘ending preventable maternal and child deaths’. The declaration was developed as an outcome of the high-level ministerial conclave held yesterday during the summit. The […]

  • Uganda's President signing the Comittment to end RMNCAH deaths

    Religious Leaders in Uganda unite to end Maternal and Child deaths

    By Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Uganda, July 2015   Religious leaders in Uganda have committed to mobilize individuals and communities across the country to take action to improve maternal and child survival. At a national event in Kampala on July 23rd, the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU), Ministry of Health, GAVI and UNICEF convened […]

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    Pakistan renews commitment to reduce maternal and child mortality ratio

    Islamabad, May 13, 2015: In a high profile inter-provincial meeting organized today in Islamabad, Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister for National Health Services presented the new National Vision for Coordinated Priority Actions to Address Challenges of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition in Pakistan. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, development partners and renowned […]

  • Afghanistan aims to save 35,000 additional lives by 2020

    In December 2013, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan signed the A Promise Renewed Pledge, committing to reduce preventable deaths among women and children. This week, Afghanistan followed through on this commitment by launching the Kabul Declaration, setting out specific commitments on maternal and child survival and reiterating government support for the goals […]

  • Zambian Civil Society Launches Alliance to End Maternal and Child Deaths

    LUSAKA, Zambia (By Mark Maseko/UNICEF) – A coalition of Zambian civil society organizations has launched an alliance aimed at helping to reduce maternal, neonatal and child deaths. In Zambia, one out of 22 children die before reaching the age of one and one in every 13 children does not survive their fifth birthday. The maternal […]

Key stats

  • 43

    Under-5 mortality rate per 1000 (world, 2015)

  • 19

    Neonatal mortality rate per 1000 (world, 2015)

  • 53%

    Reduction in under-5 mortality rate, 1990-2015

  • 16000

    Under-5 deaths per day (2015)