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Medical News and Perspectives
January 11, 2006

Groups Address Reducing Newborn Deaths

JAMA. 2006;295(2):149-150. doi:10.1001/jama.295.2.149

Every year, 4 million newborns die in the first month of life, virtually all of them in developing countries. Most of these deaths can be prevented by simple measures, but funding and programs aimed at providing better access to care have been lacking.

Now, however, health experts are seeing encouraging signs that efforts to bring simple and low-cost tools to improve infant survival in developing countries are gathering steam. International health agencies, nonprofit organizations, and others are launching new initiatives, some of which recently received a multimillion-dollar boost from the Seattle, Wash–based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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