Driving the current 2.8 million newborn deaths close to zero in every country, and tackling the estimated 2.6 million stillbirths, will require that health systems fire on all fronts: prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
One baby in every ten live births is born prematurely. World Prematurity Day helps strengthen global resolution to address the needs of the estimated 15 million preterm babies born each year.
Every year there are nearly 15 million newborns that are born preterm – before 37 weeks completed gestation. Direct complications of preterm birth is now the leading cause of child death and accounts for an estimated 36% of the world’s 2.7 million neonatal deaths.
Today is World Prematurity Day, and I would like to raise the issue of congenital syphilis. You may be wondering—why? What does syphilis have to do with prematurity?