Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

For every 100,000 live births in Africa, 542 women die from pregnancy-related complications including childbirth. This rate is a long way from the 70 deaths per 100,000 live births target of the Sustainable Development Goals. Closely linked to maternal health are avoidable newborn and neonatal deaths since they have similar underlying determinants — pre-conception health; pregnancy healthcare; quality of maternity services including availability of drugs; and the skills and competencies of birth attendants. While there has been some progress on childhood mortality, rates of neonatal mortality have remained high. Experts agree that tackling maternal, newborn, neonatal and child health requires interventions at all stages of the reproductive lifecourse including the pre-conception stage.
Sessions in this sub-theme should focus on interventions that can fast-track maternal, newborn, and neonatal survival. Sessions may address the following topics:
a) Interventions during pre-conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and post-partum;
b) Scaling-up good quality maternity care
c) Innovative community interventions for improving maternal, newborn, neonatal, and child survival
d) Under-five nutrition.

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