Global challenges, efforts, and controversies in neonatal care

Nicole E. St Clair, Maneesh Batra, Jacquelyn Kuzminski, Anne C C Lee, Cliff O'Callahan

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Simple low-cost, evidence-based interventions such as clean delivery practices, immediate warming, umbilical cord care, and neonatal resuscitation could prevent 40% to 70% of newborn deaths globally, but many obstacles preclude the provision of those basic interventions for all newborns, particularly in low-resource regions. Global efforts have led to widespread development of neonatal clinical practice guidelines, training programs, and policies. Because of a shortage of health care resources, standards of care have been redefined to meet the needs of underserved populations. This article provides an overview of the challenges, efforts, and controversies surrounding neonatal health in low-resource settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)749-772
Number of pages24
JournalClinics in Perinatology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Community health worker
  • Essential newborn care
  • Global health
  • Low-income
  • Low-resource
  • Millennium development goals
  • Neonatal mortality
  • Traditional birth attendant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Medicine(all)


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