World prematurity day

Dr Alison Earley

The statistics on premature birth remain of great concern:  12% of babies are born too soon in the poorest countries, compared with 9% in higher income countries.  One million babies die each year from complications of premature birth, and prematurity remains a leading cause of mortality globally.

Education for health care workers, enabling them to provide better care for pregnant women and new born babies, is vital if this situation is to improve.

Kola sent these pictures from Liberia this morning – a celebration of their babies born too early! Most of the nurses in these pictures have done the Neonatal Care Course with NICHE trainers.

Celebrating World Prematurity Day at CB Dumbar, Liberia
Kola and team of nurses and neonatal technicians in their Neonatal Nursery

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