Neonatal mortality (death within the first 28 days of life) contributes to 41% of child mortality worldwide. Close to 50% of newborn mortality occurs within the first 48 hours of life. This, coupled with minimal progress in reducing newborn mortality, calls for a concerted, targeted effort in order to make progress towards achieving MDG-4. PSI is fully committed to this call and is consequently focused on increasing demand and access to quality neonatal interventions.
PSI fully endorses and promotes the Essential Newborn Care (ENC) approach, an integrated set of interventions that includes early initiation of exclusive breastfeeding; kangaroo mother care; delayed bathing; and early detection of infection, all of which are delivered by community health workers during home visits. PSI is also working to increase access to 4% Chlorhexidine (CHX), a simple and inexpensive antiseptic shown to reduce all cause newborn mortality by 23%. This product is most effective when applied within the first 24 hours of birth. PSI’s diverse health service delivery approach that includes clean delivery kits, antenatal based services, private provider networks and community based distribution enables increased access to 4% CHX at scale.
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