Progress for Newborns: Accomplishments

Efforts to improve newborn survival are working.  Saving Newborn Lives has made significant progress for newborns and built an understanding of what can be done affordably and sustainably to save newborn lives at scale in low resource settings.  SNL has used data for action, built consensus on newborn interventions and packages and has helped bridge the gap between research, policy and implementation in countries. Through work with national governments, SNL has learned how newborn care can be integrated into existing national maternal and child health systems and programs.

Improving Understanding About the Causes and Burden of Newborn Mortality

In 2005, SNL co-led the Lancet Neonatal Series, a landmark publication which captured international attention for newborn survival, providing data on the numbers and causes of newborn death to shed light on previously undocumented and poorly understood areas of newborn mortality, and delineated opportunities for countries to incorporate newborn care into existing systems.

Working in global epidemiological groups, SNL has advanced global data including annual estimates of Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR) and causes of neonatal death and has made progress in developing and achieving consensus on indicators to measure coverage of newborn care. SNL has taken a lead role in the first ever country-cleared UN estimates of stillbirth rates, as published in the 2011 Lancet Stillbirth Series.

Improving the Knowledge About What Works to Save Newborn Lives

Through the findings of 64 research studies, SNL has helped inform global guidelines and standards for specific interventions, newborn care packages, and practical ways to strengthen the continuum of care for mothers, newborns, and children.

Research from studies supported under the first phase of SNL built awareness that simple solutions for the three most common causes of newborn death — infection, preterm/low birth weight, and intrapartum-related complications (“birth asphyxia”) — could be feasibly delivered at the community level and have impact in low resource settings.

Research supported in the second phase of the program, lasting through 2012, are focusing on integration of newborn health into existing programs and health systems at scale. Results will allow countries to design and implement high quality, large-scale newborn health programs reaching families at the community and facility level.

Building Awareness and Mobilizing Action for Newborn Health

SNL has published and disseminated over 225 peer-reviewed publications and over 150 technical and policy briefs, training manuals, guidelines, and books to increase awareness, build the knowledge base, and spawn action for improving newborn health. Click here to download selected publications.

In 14 countries, SNL supported country-owned neonatal situation analyses that influenced national policy and program investment and implementation.

In 2009, SNL launched the first online network solely dedicated to improving newborn health around the world. The Healthy Newborn Network is a global community designed to address critical newborn health knowledge gaps by improving access to key resources, information, and knowledge and by providing a platform for interaction and discussion among professionals and advocates of newborn health.


Influencing Newborn Policies and Guidelines

SNL has convened global partnerships and built consensus at the global level around critical interventions, such as in the UN Joint Statement on Home Visits for the Newborn Child, which has been used to change policies in several countries and regions with SNL programs (Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Malawi, Latin America and the Caribbean).

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