03 November 2014

World Prematurity Day

This year, World Prematurity Day will also highlight cross sectoral interventions, as well as the important work of the Every Newborn effort, which seeks to end preventable newborn and maternal deaths and stillbirths within the next generation. Approved by 194 member states at the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May and launched on June 30, 2014 in Johannesburg, the Every Newborn action plan is mobilizing support across the world and sectors to save the lives of mothers and their babies, who continue to die at alarming rates in many low resource countries.

Everyone has a role to play in preventing and caring for preterm birth and promoting maternal and newborn health. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/worldprematurityday  and http://www.everynewborn.org/about/

To join the conversation on twitter follow #WorldPrematurityDay.

To view the press release for World Prematurity Day click here

Click here to see a Statement from the independent Expert Review Group on World Prematurity Day


Premature birth ‘biggest killer’ ( BBC) 
Preterm birth complication number one child killer over world ( The Times of India) 
Premature birth now kills more under-fives globally than anything else ( The Telegraph )
Being born too early is now the leading cause of death in young children (The Washington Post)