Newborn deaths account for half of deaths of children under 5 years. Member States developed the Action Plan for Healthy Newborn Infants in the Western Pacific Region (2014-2020) to support scaling up EENC interventions.
Eight priority countries with the highest burden of neonatal mortality (Cambodia, China, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and Viet Nam) are implementing the action plan. In September 2015, these countries convened to review progress and agree on priority actions.
Progress was validated by an Independent Review Group. Following the September meeting and until July 2016, new country data that became available were validated by the group. This report summarizes progress in the eight priority countries and the agreed priority actions.