Newborn care handbook(For primary healthcare workers in dispensaries and Health centers) 2018

Over the years, Kenya has made significant progress in reducing neonatal mortality with a reduction from 31 to 22 per 1,000 live births between 2009 and 2014 as shown in the KDHS reports. Despite the interventions that that have been implemented to address the high morbidity and mortality amongst newborns, majority of newborns still die from preventable causes with disparities across and within regions. Additional efforts need to be made to end these preventable deaths and to achieve mortality rates of less than 12 newborns per 1,000 live births by the year 2030.

Evidence shows that reaching women and children in poor and most deprived households and reducing existing inequities in access and utilization of essential health services will significantly impact the high mortality rates.