WHO Viet Nam
Each year, an estimated 2.955 million babies die in the world before they reach the age of one month, and 3 million more are stillborn, mostly in developing countries and often in the absence of skilled care. Many of these deaths occur in babies born too early and too small, babies with infection, or babies with asphyxia or birth trauma.
Skilled health care during pregnancy, childbirth and in the immediate postnatal period prevents complications for mother and newborn, and allows for early detection and management of problems. Provision of essential newborn care, home visits by a skilled health worker during a baby's first week of life and access to care for complications are key strategies to improve newborn survival.