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Ensuring a healthy start for every newborn with the First Embrace
Origins of the Action Plan for Healthy Newborn Infants in the Western Pacific Region (2014–2020)

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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