Title

Newborn health research priorities beyond 2015

Document Type

Article

Department

Paediatrics and Child Health (East Africa)

Abstract

In 2012, an estimated 2·9 million newborn babies died1 and 2·6 million were stillborn in 2009.2 An even greater number have long-term impairment associated with preterm birth, intrauterine growth restriction, congenital anomalies, and intrapartum or infectious insults. Despite the increasing proportion of child deaths that are neonatal—estimated at 44% at present—programme and research funding is modest.3 In view of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) deadline in 2015 and the shift to a new framework targeting the unfinished survival agenda and beyond, including healthy development, growth, and human capital, there is increased attention to birth outcomes as highlighted in the Lancet Every Newborn Series3–7 and the upcoming Every Newborn Action Plan.

Publication

THE LANCET