Namibia: World Prematurity Day

By Gloria Siseho More than 500 people across the Oshana region gathered to celebrate the World Prematurity Day on 18 November in Namibia, a country where 54% of neonatal deaths are due to prematurity and low birth weight. The day was officiated by the Ministry of Health and Social Services...

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A big movement for small babies

Born Too Soon: Providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place Worldwide, about 15 million babies are born preterm every year.[1] That means approximately a baby out of 10 is a preterm baby and the numbers are rising. With the complications resulting from preterm birth being...

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Global Alliance for Newborn Care (GLANCE) Chair Committee Application

By the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants Are you interested in an opportunity to shape the global agenda of maternal and newborn health for the next coming years? Do you have fresh ideas on how the Global Alliance for Newborn Care (GLANCE) can contribute to a better...

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Understanding the causes of preterm birth: solutions depend on context

This blog was originally published as a commentary in The Lancet Global Health here. An estimated 14.8 million babies are born preterm every year, before 37 completed weeks of gestation.1 Of these, around a million die because of direct complications,2 another 912 000 have mild to severe neurodevelopmental impairment, and many...

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