15 November 2023

Newborn Health Innovations

The challenge, Preventable newborn mortality and morbidity are unacceptably high. In 2020, over 2.4 million children lose their lives within the first month, accounting for 47 per cent of deaths among children under the age of 5 globally . The vast majority of preventable newborn deaths happen in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) . In LMICs, there are…, 47% , of under-5 child deaths occur in newborns. Globally, 2.4 million children , died in their first month globally.  Stillbirth icon, The first 28 days, are key to prevent newborn deaths with proven interventions and improved care., The response, UNICEF is working with partners to improve the availability of needed technologies for essential newborn care at all health system levels and drive demand for existing and upcoming newborn product suites. Efforts are also focused on identifying gaps and increasing accessibility to sustainable, affordable, and easy-to-use products suitable for low-…, Icon for UNICEF Newborn Health Procurement Tool PILOT for Newborn Health Procurement Tool, Ensuring appropriate and comprehensive newborn care products available at health facilities can help save millions of babies in the first 28 days of their lives. Through project PILOT (ProcureMate for Integrated Lifesaving Obstetric and newborn Technologies), UNICEF worked to develop the Newborn Health Procurement Tool, an easy-to-use and…, Icon for UNICEF Jaundice Management BALLERINA for Jaundice Management, Jaundice occurs in almost all newborn patients. Early screening and diagnosis are crucial for enabling effective phototherapy treatment and prevent the progression of severe cases that could lead to potential brain damage due to limited access to blood transfusion within eight hours. UNICEF is working on project BALLERINA (Bilirubin Assessment to…, Icon for UNICEF Thermal Management HERO for Thermal Management, Adequate thermal support during transport can be critical to a newborn’s survival in the first hours of their lives.  Through project HERO (Heat Emergency Response for Optimal Neonatal Care),​ UNICEF is innovating to introduce and accelerate access to devices that provide effective thermal support during neonatal transport, as newborns are most…, Icon for UNICEF Hypoglycemia Management fireFIGHTer for Hypoglycemia Management, Hypoglycaemia affect 5–10% of healthy infants and 54% of late preterm babies . In low-resource settings, newborns often rely on cheap and non-standardised adult glucometers intended for diabetic patients, which fails to provide adequate, consistent monitoring of rapidly fluctuating glucose levels in newborns. Inaccurate diagnosis and delayed…, icon for Point of Care Ultrasound ASTRONAUT for Point of Care Ultrasound, Effective and timely ultrasounds scans are important to monitor and ensure the baby’s healthy development before and after birth.​ An early ultrasound scan before 24 weeks of gestation is recommended for pregnant women to accurately determine the gestational age, detect any fetal abnormalities or multiple pregnancies, and enhance the overall…, The impact, Working to improve access to affordable, high-quality newborn care products, UNICEF’s DREAMS suite for Newborn Health is crucial to help end preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths by 2030, as outlined in the Every Newborn Action Plan , ensuring every baby has a fair chance to dream big., Resources