India is among nine countries that will be part of a global health network focused on improving the quality of care for new mothers and babies and strengthen national efforts to end preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns by 2030.
It said the period around childbirth is the most critical for saving mothers and newborns, and preventing stillbirths. The new Network is supported by WHO,UNICEF and other partners and aims to strengthen national efforts to end preventable deaths by 2030. The nine countries are India, Bangladesh, A Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.
Every year, worldwide, 303 000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth, 2.7 million babies die during the first 28 days of life and 2.6 million babies are stillborn and most of these deaths could be prevented with quality care during pregnancy and childbirth.