Event Implementing and Scaling Up Small and Sick Newborn Care: Successes, Challenges and Lessons Learned from Countries
Date 17 November 2023
Time 8:00am New York | 2:00pm Geneva | 4:00pm Nairobi | 6:30am New Delhi
Location Online


Join WHO and UNICEF to celebrate World Prematurity Day. This day raises awareness for the challenges of preterm birth and celebrates the lives of preterm infants and their families worldwide.

Preterm birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five; each year, about 15 million babies worldwide are born preterm, that is about 1 in 10 children.

This webinar will provide an opportunity to review the gaps, solutions and opportunities to address preterm birth and scale up small and sick newborn care. Ministries of Health representatives will share their progress, experience and lessons learned in implementing and scaling up small and sick newborn care.

This webinar is co-hosted by the Department for Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing, WHO Geneva and UNICEF HQ


  • Welcome and introduction: Dr Anshu Banerjee, Director, Department for Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health and Ageing, WHO Geneva
  • Small and Sick Newborn Care- Where are the gaps?
  • Progress across 106 countries for small and sick newborn care: Dr Gagan Gupta, Senior Advisor, Maternal and Newborn Health, UNICEF New York
  • National assessment of small and sick newborn care: Ministry of Health, Ghana
  • Small and Sick Newborn care- What are the Solutions?
  • Panel of experts

    Moderated by Dr Queen Dube, Newborn Health Lead, Department for Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health and Ageing, WHO Geneva.

  • Dr Felix Bundala, Director for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Ministry of Health, Tanzania
  • Dr Dennis Marke, Program Manager, Health Systems Strengthening, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
  • Dr Md. Jahurul Islam, Program Manager, National Newborn Health Program & Integrated Management of Childhood Illness, Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh
  • Dr Syeda Humaida Hasan, Consultant, Department of Neonatology, Chittagong Medical College Hospital, Bangladesh