BUT WE MUST RESPECT, PROTECT AND COUNT OUR NEWBORNS
Despite high poverty rates, Malawi is one of only a few countries in sub-Saharan Africa that is on track to achieve MDG 4, child survival.
The case study highlights the importance of evidence-based policies and programmes, of addressing the challenges of nutrition and HIV with multi-sectoral approaches, and of focusing on equity by reaching poor and rural populations.
It shows, in numbers of lives saved, the impact of treatment and prevention of childhood diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia. 57,000 children were kept safe within insecticide-treated nets. Vaccines saved another 47,000 lives.
Newborn survival has not improved at the same rate. Malawi needs to focus on newborn survival, strengthening and investing in care during labour, birth and the first day and week of life.
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