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Cutting the umbilical cord at birth marks a baby’s first step toward independence. But in developing countries, that simple act too often creates an entry point for bacteria, leading to a more generalized infection. And that’s a very dangerous thing for a newborn.

For less than fifty cents a dose, an application of chlorhexidine could save an estimated 422,000 babies over the next five years. PATH’s Patricia Coffey, who works on helath technologies for women and children, explains how. Video: Baron Visuals.