How to Save 1 Million Lives in a Year in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

Academic Article


  • Despite major improvements in reducing childhood mortality worldwide, over 5 million pregnancies per year end in stillbirths or neonatal deaths. The vast majority of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Many of these deaths are preventable with readily available evidence-based care practices. This review focuses on educational programs developed to reduce preventable deaths in newborn infants in low- and middle-income countries, including Essential Newborn Care and Helping Babies Breathe, a simplified version of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program. Innovative pragmatic large-scale trials conducted in the Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research of the National Institutes of Health in the USA have evaluated these programs in low-resource settings. The results of these studies and the implications for future programs designed to decrease childhood mortality are reviewed.
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  • Essential newborn care, Global health, Infant mortality, Neonatal mortality, Neonatal resuscitation, Stillbirths, Developing Countries, Global Health, Humans, Infant, Infant Mortality, Infant, Newborn, Intensive Care, Neonatal, Perinatal Death, Program Development, Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic, Resuscitation, Stillbirth
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    Pubmed Id

  • 8012521
  • Author List

  • Travers CP; Carlo WA
  • Start Page

  • 431
  • End Page

  • 436
  • Volume

  • 111
  • Issue

  • 4