Born Too Soon

Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth launched in May 2012:

Born Too Soon - World Prematurity Day Nov 17th 2012

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  • 15 million babies are born too soon every year.
  • More than one in 10 babies are born preterm, affecting families all around the world.
  • Rates of preterm birth are rising.
  • Preterm birth rates are increasing in almost all countries with reliable data. 
  • Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn deaths (babies in the first four weeks of life) and now the second-leading cause of death after pneumonia in children under the age of 5.
  • Prevention of preterm birth must be accelerated.  
  • Family planning, and increased empowerment of women, especially adolescents, plus improved quality of care before, between and during pregnancy can help to reduce preterm birth rates. 
  • Strategic investments in innovation and research are required to accelerate progress.
  • Premature babies can be saved now with feasible, cost-effective care.
  • Over 75% of deaths from preterm birth complications can be prevented without the availability of neonatal intensive care. 

Read the Report here
Read the Report Exec Summary in French
Read media releases from World Prematurity Day Nov 17th 2012
Read ICM Media Release on World Prematurity Day

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