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Newborn care

A mother holds her baby as she sits outside her home in India

With an estimated 2.7 million deaths per year, newborns are the age group with the highest need in healthcare improvement. 

Almost half of the under-five mortality occurs in newborns and the rate of neonatal mortality is decreasing more slowly than child and maternal mortality. Newborns are the future of the society; they must have a good start in life and we must provide them what they need to thrive.

At the CMNH, we are committed to improving newborn healthcare. We develop research projects which are particularly beneficial for newborns in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Our main areas of research are:

  • The use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) for newborns in LMICs
  • The improvement of the management of severe bacterial infections in LMICs

  • Exploring causes and factors associated with stillbirth in LMICs
  • Development of tools to help healthcare workers improve the quality of care they provide to mothers and babies

We implement interventions to improve newborn care. Through the “Making it Happen” programme, the CMNH has trained 18,178 healthcare professionals from 11 countries (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa) in newborn resuscitation and early newborn care, from 2012 to 2015.