Improving Newborn and Child Health:
A strategic framework (2018–2022)
WHO South-East Asia Region has achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 related to under-5 mortality rate (U5MR) by reaching the level of 39 per 1000 live births in 2016, soon after the target date of December 2015. This achievement increases our optimism to now set our sights on the 2030 targets of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 as well as the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health to reduce the U5MR to at least 25 per 1000 live births. The Regional Strategic Framework for improving newborn and child health (2018-2022) provides guidance to Member States on accelerating action towards further reduction in newborn and under-five mortality and progressing towards achieving SDG 2030 targets. The Strategic Framework also focuses on actions for promoting health, development and well-being of children in line with the “Thrive” and “Transform” objectives of the Global Strategy.