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Improving neonatal and child health and development in South-East Asia

Report of the meeting of South-East Asia Regional Programme Managers, Nepal, 15-18 November 2011

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Publication date: 2012

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Overview

The South-East Asia (SEA) Region of WHO contributes about 28% of the global under-five child deaths although it accounts for about a quarter of the world’s population. Despite significant progress towards achievement of the MDG4 on reducing child mortality made over in the last two decades, the Region, as a whole, is unlikely to achieve the target by 2015.

Member States have been implementing various evidence-based interventions for newborn and child health. However, the coverage of these interventions has been low and uneven with significant disparities among countries in the Region and within countries.

A meeting of SEA Regional Programme Managers on Child Health was organized in Kathmandu, Nepal with the aim to review the progress and exchange experiences of various strategic approaches being used by the Member States. National programme managers from nine Member States (except India and Maldives), technical officer from WHO, UNICEF and partner agencies attended this meeting.

This report presents the summary of the proceeding, technical session discussing important issues in the Region in strengthening newborn and child health, the recommendations for Member States, WHO, UNICEF, and partners for strengthening newborn-child health programmes in order to accelerate the progress towards achieving the MDG4 in the Region.