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1.1 million preterm babies die every year, but with inexpensive treatment 75 percent could survive.

Each year, some 15 million babies in the world, more than one in 10 births, are born too early, according to the just released report Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth.

More than one million of those babies die shortly after birth; countless others suffer some type of lifelong physical, neurological, or educational disability, often at great cost to families and society.

An estimated three-quarters of those preterm babies who die could survive without expensive care if a few proven and inexpensive treatments and preventions were available worldwide, according to more than 100 experts who contributed to the report, representing almost 40 UN agencies, universities, and organizations. The report explains what is known about preterm birth, its causes, and the kinds of care that are needed.

The lead authors of the report from The March of Dimes Foundation, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Save the Children and The World Health Organization, offer a detailed plan for the actions needed to reduce both the death toll and the numbers of preterm births.

For the report, preterm was defined as 37 weeks of completed gestation or less, which is the standard WHO definition. Preterm babies are defined in 3 categories:

Late preterm – those born between 32 and 37 weeks – account for 84 percent of total preterm births, or 12.5 million. Most survive with supportive care. Very preterm – those born between 28 and 32 weeks. These babies require extra supportive care. Most will survive Extremely preterm – those born before 28 weeks. These babies require the most intensive, expensive care to survive ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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