The Every Newborn: an action plan to end preventable deaths is a roadmap for change. It sets out a vision and proposes a goal and targets to end newborn deaths from preventable causes. The action plan is based on evidence and considers the main causes on newborn mortality and effective interventions to prevent and manage these. It builds on the intrinsic links between maternal and newborn health and promotes state-of-the-art knowledge of effective delivery approaches for the interventions and innovations to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage.
The Every Newborn Action Plan is situated in the continuum of care for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. It will be a useful resource to guide the design of national plans to accelerate progress towards MDGs 4 and 5 and work towards the longer term goal of ending preventable deaths among women and children.
Civil society (organizations and individuals) are urged to write to their governments and to the WHO to ask for reproductive and maternal health issues to be fully integrated into the plan. The Action Plan is open for consultation until 28 February.
The draft Action Plan will be assessed at the World Health Assembly in May, just 4 months before the final review of the MDGs. It is expected to effect the discussions around the next development framework and will certainly have an impact on the 194 UN member states who will receive the Action Plan for implementation in 2015.
Read more about the Every Newborn Action Plan here.