Investing in maternal, newborn and child health: The case for Asia and the Pacific

Author(s)/Editor(s): Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Network for Asia and the Pacific
Publisher/Organizer: World Health Organization
Publication date: 2009
Language: English
Number of pages: 16


Every year 9.2 million children in the world die before their fifth birthday, as do more than half a million pregnant women. The situation is particularly acute in Asia and the Pacific, whose share of the global total is nearly 41% of the underfives, more than 44% of the mothers and 56% of the newborn babies. Most of these deaths could be prevented through proven, cost-effective interventions. Furthermore, of all the people in the world who require family planning services, but do not have access to them, 55% live in Asia and the Pacific.

The scale of this tragedy means that the global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 – on reducing child and maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health – simply cannot be achieved unless action is taken in Asia and the Pacific.

This document presents a case for investment in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) that combines the best available science and economics, based on evidence about what works in practice. The investment case has been developed by analysts from 12 global, multilateral and bilateral organisations and foundations working in the field. The cost estimates will be continually updated as new data becomes available.