August 16, 2017

The Newborn Survival Map: An Online Catalyst for Integrated Development

Written by Newborn Survival Map

This article was originally posted on Medium. Reposted with permission.

Mother and newborn in hospital
Photo: Jessica Scranton/FHI 360

The day of birth is one of the most dangerous for both mothers and their babies. While child mortality has decreased over the last decade, newborn mortality has decreased at a slower rate, with 2.7 million newborns still dying every year. The stakes are high, as are the opportunities. With 70 percent of maternal and child deaths concentrated in just 16 countries, health and non-health investments such as sanitation, education, infrastructure and gender equality can potentially double the impact on lives saved.

With this in mind, Johnson & Johnson and Leith Greenslade collaborated with FHI 360 to create the Newborn Survival Map — an online, crowd-sourced, interactive map of development projects and current maternal and newborn health statistics in the 16 countries where maternal and newborn deaths are highest (India, Nigeria, Pakistan, DRC, China, Ethiopia, Angola, Kenya Indonesia, Bangladesh, Uganda, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Sudan, Sierra Leone and Niger)*. The map includes projects working in global health (including child and maternal health), infrastructure, environmental health, and gender equality, all development sectors that affect newborn health in some way.

Picture of the Newborn Survival Map
The Newborn Survival Map website encourages the development of cross-sector partnerships to deliver integrated solutions for maternal and newborn health.

Stakeholders at the local and global level can use the map to easily identify allied and complementary development activities and funding gaps in places where needs are high. They can also use the listed contact information to connect with projects and organizations close to them to cost-share efforts, collaborate on project deliverables, and ultimately work in an integrated fashion to best deliver solutions that will save more mothers and newborns.

Because this map is a crowd-sourced effort, we are continually accepting updates and additions to the site. If you work in one of the 16 countries and in one of the four sectors listed above, we would love to include your project on this map. Click here to create a user profile on the website and start contributing to this important project. With your help, we can continue to fill a critical information gap and work towards an integrated approach to saving more lives.

For more information, or if you have specific questions about the map, please email Dan Sisken at FHI 360 (dsisken[at]

*As of available data in 2014