Project Lead(s): Shaun Morris
In 2015, an estimated 2.7 million newborn deaths occurred worldwide, accounting for 45% of all deaths among children under 5 years. To improve newborn survival, the scale-up of interventions that are effective at reducing neonatal death is crucial. In the initial pilot study they conducted in rural Pakistan, the team at SickKids showed that an integrated newborn care kit (iNCK), when used properly, resulted in a striking reduction in newborn mortality when compared to newborns born to women that received the local standard of care. SickKids aims to distribute iNCKs to over 35,000 pregnant women in the Northern mountainous regions of both Pakistan and Afghanistan to improve their newborn’s chance of survival.