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Open Access Editorial

15 million preterm births annually: what has changed this year?

Mary V Kinney1, Joy E Lawn2*, Christopher P Howson3 and José Belizan4

Author Affiliations

1 Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children, Cape Town, South Africa

2 Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children, London, UK

3 March of Dimes Foundation, White Plains, NY, USA

4 Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS), Dr Emilio Ravignani 2024, Buenos Aires C1414CPV, Argentina

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Reproductive Health 2012, 9:28  doi:10.1186/1742-4755-9-28

Published: 13 November 2012

Abstract

Each year, more than 1 in 10 of the world’s babies are born preterm, resulting in 15 million babies born too soon. World Prematurity Day, November 17, is a global effort to raise awareness about prematurity. This past year, there has been increased awareness of the problem, through new data and evidence, global partnership and country champions. Actions to improve care would save hundreds of thousands of babies born too soon from death and disability. Accelerated prevention requires urgent research breakthroughs.