I would just like to share a new document by the World Health Organization, WHO.
In a report that come out the other week, WHO present its key findings from an upcoming publication "Survive and thrive: transforming care for every small and sick newborn."
While we commonly think about neonatal care and preterm infants in high-resource settings, there is really a lot of public health work to be done when it comes to improve neonatal care in low-/mid-resource contexts. In fact, the world will not achieve the global target to achieve health for all unless it transforms care for every newborn.
What I specifically like is that this documents really acknowledge the power of family-based care.
To save newborns, the report recommends:
- Providing round-the-clock inpatient care for newborns
- Training nurses to provide hands-on care
- Harnessing the power of parents and families
- Providing good quality of care
- Counting and tracking every small and sick newborn
Naturally, countries need to allocate the necessary resources. While we (in the rich world) may think that a LOT of money is needed, WHO estimates that an additional investment of US$ 0.20 cents per person can save 2 of every 3 newborns in low- and middle-income countries. IMHO, that's a small investment for the best of benefit.
And click here to find "Social media tiles" illustrating the key findings, which I also share below.