Join CHIFA for a global discussion on Newborn Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

18 September, 2017

When? 16 October to 24 November 2017 (including World Prematurity Day, 17 November)

How do I join? Join CHIFA here today!

The CHIFA Newborn Care Project invites you to join a global discussion to explore and address how to improve quality of care for newborns within the overall care continuum, particularly for those born small and sick in low and middle-income countries. 

Our aim is to support the global child health community in exploring issues and priorities towards ending preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths by 2030. This work will contribute to global efforts such as the World Health Organization-led Quality, Equity Dignity (QED) efforts for women and newborns, building on the technical and advocacy work of Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP). The ENAP, a multi-partner initiative backed by a World Health Assembly Resolution, has set national targets of <12 neonatal deaths per 1000 live births, and <12 stillbirths per 1000 total births by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

We are grateful for the technical support of leading newborn health professionals from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Makerere University, Save the Children, USAID and others.

This is the first of a series of thematic discussions on Newborn care. In this first discussion we shall explore the following broad themes/questions:

  1. What is the size of the problem? How many newborns die every day, where, and what are the causes? How many more suffer major morbidity? What are the trends?
  2. What do we know about quality of care (QOC) in the home, community and primary health centres? What level of care is available for small and/or sick newborns? 
  3. What do we know about QOC in district hospitals and referral hospitals? What level of care is available for small and/or sick newborns?
  4. In what ways are health workers empowered/disempowered to provide adequate quality of care for newborns? (For example in relation to: skills, equipment, information/ data, systems support, medicines, incentives/ salaries, communication facilities)


"Enter into the discussion of important child health issues. Your journey of discovery is about to begin." Prof Duke Duncan, American Academy of Pediatrics