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The State of the World's Children 2009

Maternal and Newborn Health

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The State of the World’s Children 2009 examines the current state of maternal and neonatal health, explores the fundamentals of a supportive environment for mothers and newborns, and outlines ways to strengthen efforts in support of primary health care.

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Working together for maternal and newborn health

The halfway point for meeting the health-related Millennium Development Goals has come and gone. The report card on progress to date has been mixed. Much has been done in recent years to accelerate advances in maternal, newborn and child health, coordinate actions and scale up essential interventions. Concrete gains have been achieved, particularly in reducing the number of deaths of children between 29 days and five years of age (the post-neonatal period) in many developing countries. International assistance for maternal, newborn and child health has risen, encouraging higher aid inflows, strengthening partnerships and consolidating frameworks for action.

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