The first steps towards a regional action plan for healthy newborns took place in the Philippines, after a
deadly outbreak of sepsis, a severe newborn infection, in 2008 in a hospital in Manila.
This outbreak resulted in numerous deaths and prompted local and international health
authorities to investigate factors that contributed to the outbreak. The investigation revealed numerous breaches
in standard procedure for newborn care. For example, when asked whether the babies received any breast milk,
the answer was “not a drop.”
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