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Maternal, Newborn and Reproductive Health

Each year, nearly 3 million children die within the first 28 days of life, nearly one third of these deaths occur on the first day of life. An additional 2.6 million babies are stillborn. A further 290,000 women die each year of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. The vast majority of these deaths can be prevented through the delivery of a small set of low-cost, proven interventions. Unfortunately, these lifesaving interventions are not reaching those most in need.

Save the Children's MNRH work aims to increase access to three lifesaving service packages: (a) family planning and reproductive health, (b) antenatal care, and (c) labour, delivery and newborn care.

Family Planning: Save the Children’s family planning and reproductive health work focuses on the expansion of contraceptive services, the promotion of healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, and the expansion of youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services.

Antenatal Care: Save the Children’s antenatal care work focusses on expanding access to the World Health Organization’s focused antenatal care package, including the delivery of the tetanus toxoid vaccine, iron/folic acid supplementation, the prevention and treatment of malaria during pregnancy, and the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Labour, Delivery and Newborn care: Save the Children labor and delivery work focusses on ensuring skilled care at birth, basic newborn care, neonatal resuscitation, treatment of severe newborn infections, supportive care for sick and small newborns, and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

The organization works with governments, civil society and communities to expand access to these services, and to promote the adoption of healthy maternal, reproductive and newborn care practices.

Photo: Colin Crowley/Save the Children

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