Ethiopia urged to tackle high rate of newborn deaths

Authorities in Ethiopia have been urged to take action to reduce the mortality rate among newborn babies.
According to Frances Likis, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Midwifery.

Authorities in Ethiopia have been urged to take action to reduce the mortality rate among newborn babies. According to Frances Likis, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, the country has made progress in tackling the death rate among under-fives, with the figure coming down by two-thirds in recent years. However, she said newborns in the first month of life currently account for nearly two-thirds of all infant fatalities. Ms Likis also noted they represent more than four in ten deaths among under-fives in the country. The Journal of Midwifery & Womens' Health has published a special supplement outlining the results of various studies into the issue. According to the publication, statistics show high mortality rates among newborn babies are a "major concern" in Africa, while Ethiopia was said to be one of the worst affected countries in the continent. The journal added that maternal mortality rates are also particularly high in the nation, as there are more than 650 deaths per 100,000 live births.