Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth provides the first-ever national, regional and global estimates of preterm birth. The report shows the extent to which preterm birth is on the rise in most countries, and is now the second leading cause of death globally for children under five, after pneumonia.
Addressing preterm birth is now an urgent priority for reaching Millennium Development Goal 4, calling for the reduction of child deaths by two-thirds by 2015. This report shows that rapid change is possible and identifies priority actions for everyone.
This inspiring 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.
Born Too Soon proposes actions for policy, programs and research by all partners – from governments to NGOs to the business community -- that if acted upon, will substantially reduce the toll of preterm birth, especially in high-burden countries.
- Full report (PDF)
- Download the Executive Summary
- View the Wallchart: Born Too Soon - preterm birth by country
- Country Data: Download the spreadsheet with country rankings and latest data
- Resumen Ejecutivo en Español
- Sommaire Executif en français
The fourth annual World Prematurity Day was held on November 17, 2014. Hundreds of associations, societies, professionals, private sector organizations and individuals came together with events and activities around the globe, bringing attention to the global challenge of premature birth.