What can be done
Families, especially parents and other primary caregivers, form the first line of care when an infant falls sick. They make the initial diagnosis of illness, assess its severity, select treatment and care options, procure and administer drugs and other remedies and decide whether or not to seek formal health care.
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A CONTINUUM OF MATERNAL, NEWBORN AND CHILD HEALTH CARE
More than half of all maternal and newborn deaths occur during childbirth and the first few days of a baby’s life; this is also the period when health coverage is lowest. An effective continuum of care connects essential maternal, newborn and child health packages through pregnancy, childbirth, postnatal and newborn periods, and into childhood and adolescence.
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HEALTH SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT
For countries facing a crisis in child health and survival, low health system capacity and lack of funding for health-system development are serious macro-level constraints that can limit the impact of strengthening community partnerships, the continuum of care and developing health systems to achieve specific results.
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