today is world prematurity day!

What is world prematurity day?

– a global movement to raise awareness of prematurity.

Across the world an estimated 15 million babies are born too early every year, and 1 million of them die.  Some survivors live with disabilities.

As usual, low and middle income countries are the worst affected, with higher rates of prematurity and lower rates of survival.

The strategies that NICHE International teaches in the Neonatal Care Course, for example early breast feeding and skin to skin mothercare, have been shown to save as many as three quarters of premature babies.

We must continue to try to improve the care of premature babies in low resource settings, despite the current difficulties of the pandemic.