Session Date: April 23, 2021
Session Description: Nepal has made substantial investments to accelerate the reduction of newborn mortality and reach the country’s national and international commitments. Improving the care of small and sick newborns (SSNBs) has the potential for greatest impact on ending preventable newborn deaths. The World Health Organization recently published standards for improving the quality of care for SSNBs in health facilities, providing guidance for countries to advance this critical area of care and improve newborn outcomes. In this session, participants will hear from Nepal’s ministry of health official, donor, and civil society about the current situation, how it compares with WHO standards, and their perspective on pragmatic solutions to further improve newborn health. The panelists will discuss bottlenecks, pragmatic solutions, opportunities, and approaches to advance the newborn health agenda in Nepal. The audience will be invited to join the discussions by posing questions to the panel and contributing their own ideas to support Nepal’s efforts.