n South African Medical Journal - Neonatal mortality in South Africa : how are we doing and can we do better? : editorial

Volume 103, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Worldwide there has been a call for a two-thirds reduction in childhood mortality by 2015. Unfortunately, Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG4) is unlikely to be reached in 2 years' time. Of the 130 million babies born every year, 4 million will die in the first 28 days of life, with the highest risk on the first day of life. The highest rates are in sub-Saharan Africa, where little progress has been made in the last 15 years towards reducing the number of deaths.

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