Under 5 deaths in India have been considerably reduced, however, one child still dies every minute. You can help change this.

Every year, India reports 11.5 lakhs deaths of children under the age of 5. Out of the 11.5 lakhs, infant death accounts for 6.60 lakhs and new-born death accounts for 0.748 Lakh. Globally, India accounts for more than half (58 per cent) of the world’s neo-natal deaths. Improper healthcare facilities, lack of immunization, birth malformations and prevalence of preventable infectious diseases, have served as a catalyst to rapidly increase the number of neo natal deaths in the country.

While efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality rates over the past 20 years have had a striking impact, stillbirths and newborn deaths have over the same period missed out on the attention they need. As heart-breaking as it is to look at the numbers, you can help reduce them.

Fortunately, newborn health has now come to the attention of policymakers and UNICEF and together are joining their efforts to address these preventable deaths. The Indian government has introduced two landmark programmes, the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Strategy (RMNCH+A Strategy). The NRHM has provided an unprecedented focus and resources for newborn health, while the RMNCH+A strategy marks a significant shift in approach, basing services on a continuum-of-care model and on strengthening health systems.

As the lead technical partner in the country for Newborn and Child Health, UNICEF has been involved from the beginning of the Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illness (IMNCI) programme in India. It has also played a key role in strengthening Facility Based Newborn Care (FBNC) in the country in line with increasing institutional delivery, scaling up the model of Special Newborn Care Units (SNCUs) that were first piloted by UNICEF with the Government of West Bengal in Purulia district.

These unprivileged babies and their helpless parents don’t wish for anything extravagant. It’s not a toy plane, a grand cake on a birthday or even the best of clothes. The wish comprises of none of those things we were lucky enough to get when we wished for them. All they wish for is, LIFE. Stand by UNICEF and grant these children their wish for a life.

Put aside a few minutes from your routine for this noble cause. Donate today and create the difference.



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