There has been slow progress in reducing under-five and maternal mortality due to the lack of special care needed by newborns, especially during the first 28 days of life.
There has therefore been a global shift in focus on newborn survival. Ghana has made some progress in reducing child mortality but it is not enough.
About 70 babies lose their lives every day. This is mainly due to premature birth, infections and complications during and after delivery. In spite of the availability of skilled antenatal care and birth attendants at health facilities during delivery, newborn and maternal deaths remain high.
In 2014, the Global Newborn Action Plan was launched with clear targets and strategies to prevent neonatal deaths and still-births. This Action Plan was established in response to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.