Prematurity is the leading underlying cause of death in children under 5 years. For those who survive, consequences of being born too soon can continue throughout the life course – impacting individuals, their families, and communities.
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While newborn health has been neglected in global health and development discussions in the past, momentum has grown in recent years as many have sought to raise the priority of newborn health and the need for integrating maternal and newborn health.
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800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth every day, with 99% of these maternal deaths taking place in developing countries. High quality care during pregnancy is essential to reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health continuum of care.
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An estimated 60% of maternal deaths in the developing world occur during the six-week period after childbirth, which translates to 172,000 postnatal maternal deaths per year.
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Globally, the risk of maternal and perinatal mortalities and morbidities from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications are highest immediately after birth during the perinatal period.
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Though deaths from malaria have fallen rapidly in recent years, malaria in pregnancy (MiP) continues to be a substantial contributor to maternal mortality and morbidity in malaria-endemic regions.
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There has been substantial progress toward improving maternal health in the years since the Millennium Development Goals were adopted, yet MDG5 still lags the farthest behind.
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Disrespect and abuse during childbirth is not a new phenomenon. Evidence of poor and undignified patient-provider interactions have been documented for decades in a variety of settings.
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Increasing uptake of mobile information and communication technologies across the world constitutes new opportunities to improve the implementation of effective maternal health interventions.
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Maternal mortality and HIV, two primary causes of death among women of reproductive age, disproportionately affect women living in developing countries.
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