Nearly 6 million 'invisible' babies are born and die each year

More than 5 million babies are born each year without being recorded. Photo by: Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-SA

One of the highlights of the 67th World Health Assembly held last week in Geneva, Switzerland, was the passing of the Every Newborn Action Plan, a multistakeholder initiative that calls for countries to end preventable newborn and stillborn deaths by 2035.

If successful, the ENAP will result in fewer than 10 newborn deaths in 1,000 live births and fewer than 10 stillbirths — or fetal deaths that occur during the last three months of pregnancy — in 1,000 births by the deadline.

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