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
- 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.