Infant holding onto an adult's hand

Approximately 7,000 newborns die every day worldwide, with one-third dying on their first day and close to three-quarters in the first week after birth.1

Each year, 2.5 million babies die during their first month of life globally. This accounts for nearly half of all deaths among children under five.1 Despite global reductions in under-five mortality in the last decade, a child born in sub-Saharan Africa is 10 times more likely to die in the first month than a child born in a high-income country.1 However, when appropriate interventions are delivered during labor and childbirth, up to 51 percent of newborn deaths can be avoided.2

Since 2012, USAID has supported 9.3 million newborns with care after delivery across 25 countries.

The time surrounding birth is a crucial period for infants. USAID works to increase access to quality care for pregnant mothers and newborns during childbirth and to scale up cost-effective interventions like kangaroo mother care to support small and sick newborns. USAID also works to increase access to quality antenatal and postpartum care for pregnant mothers and newborns to support the health of both mom and baby through pregnancy and into the first years of life. To ensure interventions have the greatest possible impact and reach, USAID works with private and public partners to remove barriers for families to access quality maternal and newborn care, both of which are critical for saving newborn lives.


USAID's Impact


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