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Midwifery students demonstrating how to resuscitate a new born using the Neonatalie Newborn Resuscitation model donated by UNFPA at the handover ceremony at Public Health Nurses College, Nakawa. Credit: UNFPA/Evelyn Kiapi

Most newborn deaths "preventable": WHO

The most dangerous time for babies and mothers is the first 24-hours after birth, but most of the deaths that occur are preventable.

That's according to the new Safe Childbirth Checklist and Implementation Guide, published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday.

Of more than 130 million births each year, an estimated 303,000 result in the mother's death, with 2.6 million babies still-born. A further 2.7 million die within 28 days of birth, says the WHO guide.

Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General, said that "far too many" women and children were still dying from "preventable causes often linked to poor quality of care."

She said the new checklist would help healthcare workers follow "essential care standards."

South Sudan conflict forces thousands to flee into neighbouring DRC

Conflict in the west of South Sudan has forced thousands to flee across the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said that fighting between local armed groups known as the "Arrow Boys" and South Sudanese army troops, had displaced more than 4,000 people into the remote eastern region of the DRC.

More than a thousand Congolese refugees who had been in a South Sudanese camp have also fled the fighting, back to the DRC, according to UNHCR teams on the ground.

UNHCR reported that 90 per cent of those on the move were women and children.

Registration begins in Lebanon for Syrian refugees heading to Canada

Registration has begun in Lebanon for up to 25,000 Syrian refugees who are heading to Canada for resettlement.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) together with UNHCR and the Canadian government have opened a new operations centre for the refugees in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

The Syrian families heading for a new home in Canada will be moved by IOM from three hubs in Lebanon to the capital, where they will undergo medical screening and registration.

The resettlement initiative has already processed several hundred people, and it's expected to speed up over the coming weeks.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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