Of the annual 10 million childhood deaths, 4 million occur within a month of birth, including 3 million within the first 6 days. The major killers of neonates are: prematurity, low birth weight, birth asphyxia, severe bacterial infections, and congenital malformations. In a well-equipped hospital, these complications can be rapidly identified and addressed, yet in the developing world most families do not have easy access to quality care. The CGHD is working to identify, test, and disseminate low-cost and effective interventions that can be delivered at the community level to reduce neonatal mortality.
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