LGH at INAP Launch in Delhi
The India Newborn Action Plan (INAP) was launched in a big event in New Dehli today, presided by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and attended by 250 key stakeholders in India and many foreign guests, including Bill and Melinda Gates.
Infant and Child mortality has come down almost 60% in India since 1990, bringing the country close to reaching Millennium Development Goal 4 of a 2/3 reduction in under 5 years of age mortality by the end of 2015. But 1.3 million infants and children still died last year, and as much as 56% of these died in the neonatal period, i.e. the first four weeks of life.
INAP set a goal and the strategy required in order to reduce infant mortality by another 2/3 by 2030. Key measures to achieve this includes training and equipping birth attendants in newborn resuscitation, essential newborn care for all babies, and kangaroo mother care for small babies. Laerdal Global Health today launched an initiative together with USAID, the American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP), Save the Children, the Gates Foundation, Norad and others entitled Helping 100,000 Babies Survive and Thrive, that aims at contributing significantly to achieving the INAP goal.
Pictured left to right: Marian Claeson the Gates Foundation, Jonathan Klein AAP, Lily Kak USAID, Tore Laerdal , Nalini Singhal AAP, Eileen Schoen AAP, Neena Khadka Save the Children, Rashmi Aradhya LGH, Susan Niermeyer AAP and Janna Patterson the Gates Foundation.
To see the INAP Report, click here
To here the KMC & Optimal Feeding Guideline, click here