Geneva - The deaths of 1.7 million newborns could be prevented every year with proper medical care, according to UN study. In addition, lifelong complications could be prevented in hundreds of thousands of babies, reported the World Health Organization (), the UN Children's Fund Unicef and other aid organizations in Geneva today.
Especially premature babies can often be saved with simple means. This included the hygienic care of the umbilical cord, treatment for jaundice, diarrhea or infections or temporary supply of oxygen.
In order to expand inpatient treatment for sick or prematurely born babies, around 960 million dollars (845 million euros) will be needed by 2025. "When it comes to babies and their mothers, the right care at the right time in the right place can make all the difference," said Unicef Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi.
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Around 98 percent of babies die in low- and middle-income countries, especially in southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Governments and humanitarian organizations must ensure that every person and every newborn in need can be treated as an inpatient there, according to the organizations.
Their action plan provides, among other things, that 75 percent of all newborns with suspected severe Infections get the antibiotics they need by 2025.