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- The nonspecific term “birth asphyxia” needs to be replaced by more precise terminology “intrapartum-related neonatal death” so that more accurate estimates can be collected.
- Two-thirds of intrapartum-related deaths occur in South Asia and Africa where there is lack of competent skilled care providers and provision of basic and emergency obstetric care.
- Enhancement of facility delivery along with provision of a skilled birth attendant equipped with appropriate resources can reduce the burden of “birth asphyxia.”
- Limited skilled care providers, lack of medical supplies and equipment, and lack of access to health services are specific bottlenecks hindering the effective implementation of interventions.
- Effective leadership, targeted resource allocation, enhanced human resources, and a well-organized health care system can save many lives.