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Tuesday, 25th February 2014

Ending Newborn Deaths

Source: Save the Children

From Executive Summary:

The world has made remarkable progress in the fight to end child mortality in recent years. Since 1990, we have almost halved the number of children who die every year before the age of five – from 12.6 million to 6.6 million....

This reduction in child mortality has been achieved through action on immunisation, family planning, nutrition and treatment of childhood illnesses, as well as improving economies. However, far less attention has been paid to tackling the life-threatening dangers children face when they are newborn and most vulnerable – at birth and in their first month of life.

This report shows that, in 2012, 2.9 million babies died within 28 days of being born: two out of every five child deaths. Of these, 1 million babies died within 24 hours, their first – and only – day of life. Causes of these deaths include premature birth, complications during birth and infections.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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