APR 2014 Report Launched

Report contains new data on child and newborn survival

In 2000, the world made a promise to children: to reduce by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015, the rate of under-five mortality. In 2012, world leaders renewed the promise. Since the global launch of Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed in June 2012, nearly 180 governments have pledged to scale up efforts to accelerate declines in preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths. The annual APR Progress Report tracks the global effort to meet MDG 4 and sustain the effort beyond 2015.

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The Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed 2014 Progress Report was launched on September 16, 2014, containing important updates on global progress around child and newborn survival, attracting widespread media attention, including from the BBC, New York Times and Guardian.

Some of the key messages from the report include:

Globally, major progress has been made in improving child survival. The under-five mortality rate has declined by almost half since 1990, dropping from 90 to 46 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2013. The absolute number of under-five deaths was cut in half during the same period, from 12.7 million to 6.3 million, saving 17,000 lives every day.

The lives of 24 million newborns have been saved since 1990. Yet despite the availability of effective, proven strategies to prevent newborn deaths, 2.8 million babies still died in the first month of life in 2013, largely of preventable causes. Neonatal health must be prioritized to sustain the rapid progress on overall child mortality.

For 1 million babies every year, their day of birth is also their day of death, accounting for more than a third of neonatal deaths. Close to 2 million newborns die in the first week of life. Investments in maternal care, specifically labor and delivery care and other high-impact interventions focused on the 24 hours around the time of birth, hold the greatest potential for reducing neonatal mortality.

Find the full report here.