Published: Saturday, May 11, 2013

Newborn Mortality

Significant drop in newborn mortality in Bangladesh

49 % drop since 1990, still about 28,000 babies die within the first day of life

State of the World’s Mothers 2013 recently released by Save the Children reveals that Bangladesh has made a commendable success in reducing newborn mortality with a 49% drop in between 1990 and 2011.
Bangladesh ranked 136th on the best places to be a mother, based on mothers’ health, education and economic status, as well as critical child indicators such as health and nutrition. The report that compares 176 countries shows that Bangladesh is in ahead of neighbouring India and Pakistan but trailed behind Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Though significant progress, still there is about 28,000 Bangladeshi babies die within the first day of life, accounting for one-third of all newborn deaths.
Michael Foley, Health and Nutrition Director for Save the Children in Bangladesh stated that the successful projects in Bangladesh should be scaled up to prevent more babies from dying needlessly. More health workers have to be recruited, trained and sent to door-to-door to teach families about nutrition, family planning, pre-natal care and essential newborn care.