Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth
A new report, Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth, shows the extent of the rise of preterm birth in most countries—15 million babies are born too soon, over 1 million die each year. Providing the first-ever national, regional and global estimates of preterm birth, Born Too Soon addresses preterm birth—now the second leading cause of death globally for children under five, after pneumonia—as an urgent priority for reaching Millennium Development Goal 4, which calls for the reduction of child deaths by two-thirds by 2015. Proposing actions for policy, programs and research by all partners, the report shows that rapid change is possible and identifies priority actions for everyone.
The report is a joint effort of almost 50 international, regional and national organizations, led by the March of Dimes, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Save the Children and the World Health Organization in support of the Every Woman Every Child effort, led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Photo: Malnourished Newborn at Maternity Hospital in Kutum, Sudan. UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran.