8th International Neonatal Nursing Conference
5-8 September | Belfast, Northern Ireland
At the opening ceremony of the 8th International Neonatal Nursing Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, two winners and one runner up were presented the second International Neonatal Nursing Excellence Awards. The award, organized by the Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN) and Save the Children's Saving Newborn Lives program was in recognition of their commitment to working on the front-lines of newborn care.
Nurses provide the majority of care to sick newborns in health facilities; yet there are very few nurses like the 2013 award winners who dedicate themselves to newborn care.
Globally, 3 million newborn deaths occur every year with over 98% in low and middle income settings. Yet the greatest focus is on neonatal intensive care in high income countries where newborn deaths are rare.
This award was created to highlight the fact that skilled nursing care is critical to the reduction of the global neonatal deaths which are mostly preventable with care skilled nurses or midwives can provide. Meeting the global Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 for child survival will be increasingly determined by how well countries can reduce newborn deaths.