State of the World's Newborns

BMJ 2001;323:652 ( 22 September )
Millions of deaths of infants in developing countries could be prevented if governments and international agencies promoted cheap and simple measures to protect babies in the very early stages of life, according to a new report.

The report, State of the World’s Newborns, argues that high death rates could be reduced by such practices as exclusive breast feeding, keeping babies warm, and ensuring that there are skilled attendants at the birth. By combining these with other measures, such as ensuring that delivery environments are hygienic and that mothers receive basic health care and advice, thousands of unnecessary deaths could be prevented, it claims. The report is available from