Thankfully, proven, cost-effective solutions are already available that can turn the tide for newborns. Many of these solutions also improve the health of women and children, who still die needlessly from preventable and treatable causes. For example we know that resuscitation, clean umbilical cord care, immediate and exclusive breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact with the mother, and increased access to family planning, among others simple interventions, improve overall health outcomes.

The health and wellbeing of women, newborns, and children are closely linked and help build prosperous communities and nations. The gains we have made for women and children demonstrate that when there is will around proven interventions, progress follows. Political will and commitment around women and children – and especially newborns – is urgently needed.