Efforts to reduce child mortality have been a national and global policy concern for a long time and the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) expressly state that reducing deaths in the first 28 days of life (neonatal mortality) to below 12 deaths per 1,000 live births is a health goal.
In Kenya, reducing neonatal mortality from an average 22/1000 live births is part of the government’s efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as neonatal mortality now contributes around 45% of all under-five deaths. Globally it has been estimated that over 60% of neonatal deaths might be prevented by good quality, basic hospital care. However, in Nairobi City County where neonatal mortality is 39/1000 live births there is little data on where inpatient neonatal care is provided and whether it is good quality.
Researchers at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust working with expert groups and multiple partners started the Health Services that Deliver for Newborns (HSDN) project to provide this information. Learn more about the research in this policy brief that seeks to Identify the gaps that need to be addressed to reduce neonatal mortality as part of Universal Health Coverage.
Policy brief – DELIVERING CARE FOR NEWBORNS IN NAIROBI
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