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Better care can save 3 mil. babies, mothers: research

PARIS -- The lives of three million women and babies can be saved every year by 2025 for an annual investment of about a dollar per head in better maternity care, researchers said Tuesday.

About 8,000 newborn babies die and another 7,000 are stillborn every day — 2.9 million and 2.6 million per year respectively, according to a review of data from 195 countries published in The Lancet medical journal.

Most of the deaths are avoidable.

“There is an urgent, unmet need to provide timely, high-quality care for both mother and baby around the time of birth,” said study co-author Joy Lawn of the Center for Maternal Reproductive and Child Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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