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The State of the World's Children 2009 examines critical issues in maternal and newborn health, underscoring the need to establish a comprehensive continuum of care for mothers, newborns and children. The report outlines the latest paradigms in health programming and policies for mothers and newborns, and explores policies, programmes and partnerships aimed at improving maternal and neonatal health. Africa and Asia are a key focus for this report, which complements the previous year's issue on child survival.

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Maternal and newborn health in Nigeria, Midwifery in Afghanistan, Strengthening the health system in the Lao People's Democratic Republic; These and other issues are looked at closely in a series of panels in the report, available in a single file as well as in separate PDF's.

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