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National Newborn Health Strategy and Action Plan 2014–2018

Republic of Ghana Ministry of Health, Ghana Country Resources Child and Youth General Health Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans, Service Standards Ghana 1 January 2014 Policy document child and adolescent, child/youth protection

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This document covers (1) a global overview of newborn health; (2) relevant country information based on a larger report on the situational analysis of newborn health in Ghana; (3) the basis for the components of the Newborn Health Strategy and Action Plan; (4) the intervention package, goals and objectives; and (5) the key strategies to improve newborn health, each with its specific activities. In developing the strategy and action plan, besides review of relevant global and country literature, a national bottleneck analysis workshop, with representation from the various regions, was carried out to identify major issues related to newborn care along with inputs from a technical working group.

This document outlines the main intervention package, its application at various levels in the health system, and the goals and objectives. The key areas of newborn care include:
1. Basic essential newborn care.
2. Management of adverse intrapartum events (including birth asphyxia).
3. Care of the preterm/low-birthweight/growth-restricted baby.
4. Management of neonatal infections/sick newborn.


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