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A call to action to end newborn deaths

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June 24, 2014

Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health – At the 67th World Health Assembly on 24 May 2014, governments from around the world made a historic commitment to end preventable newborn deaths. Health ministers of 194 countries endorsed the Every Newborn Action Plan (referred to from here on as Every Newborn) and ratified a resolution calling for its implementation.

This is very welcome progress. Until this point, newborn survival had been badly neglected. We strongly support Every Newborn as a catalyst to promote newborn survival, and to end all preventable deaths among newborn babies.

The Every Newborn Action Plan sets a target to end all preventable newborn deaths by 2035 and achieve universal coverage of key services. Specifically, the world has committed to a powerful and crucial set of promises:

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