30 March 2022
Investing in quality neonatal care to reach the SDGs
“We cannot achieve the health-related United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and we cannot achieve universal health coverage or people-centered primary health care - without a strong and growing investment in mothers and newborns”
This is the message from the new report “SURVIVE and THRIVE. Transforming care for every small and sick newborn” published by the WHO – World Health Organization – together with UNICEF and other organizations, the Chiesi Foundation stands out among the authors.
The data presented in the report tells that more than 2.5 million of newborns died in 2017 from preventable causes, such as prematurity, birth complication, infections and the lack of adequate care. Those who survive are often affected by uncertain health conditions and disabilities.
If we want to take care of the children of tomorrow, we must be committed on essential neonatal care for the newborn of today. We must guarantee that every mother and neonate have access to quality care: before, during and after birth. We have to ensure a certain level of expertise, a skilled staff for intensive newborn care. We need a cultural change to start to consider neonatal mortality avoidable. In order to do that, the report presents a possible strategy to fully achieve the SDG number 3.
The report calls for a common commitment, an investment to improve the quality of essential care for newborns and mothers. A care model where people and community are at the center of health system. A family-centered approach, where parent’s commitment become crucial for health-care planning and for influencing policies and government programs regarding newborn’s health. The report stressed the crucial role of local scientific research to find practical solution where the problems emerged. In the end, the report underlines the importance of proper collecting data system which help to develop concrete actions and strategies. A report that call for a common action in order to ensure a thrive future for the generation of tomorrow.
The extended version of the report incorporates the case study of the Chiesi Foundation’s NEST - Neonatal Essential Technologies – Project, a project that perfectly answer to this call.
Click here to download the report.