jueves, 24 de noviembre de 2016

Prematurity is the Leading Cause of Child Mortality

USAID Bureau for Global Health
Prematurity is the Leading Cause of Child Mortality
A health worker cares for a premature baby in Lilongwe, Malawi.

World Prematurity Day 2016

Today, along with partners around the world, we recognize World Prematurity Day and the 15 million babies that are born prematurely every year.

Preterm birth affects families in every country, and preventing deaths among babies born too soon is a major challenge for many countries. Complications from prematurity are the leading cause of child mortality globally and account for more than 1 million deaths per year, with 60 percent of those deaths occurring in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. 

Preventing preterm births and treating the complications that arise from them are essential components of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) goal to end preventable child and maternal deaths within a generation. USAID works with partners in 25 priority countries around the world to identify and scale up programs and interventions that are most effective for addressing preterm birth complications.

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Photo credit: Fletcher Gong'a, Courtesy of Photoshare

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