Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely – more than one in ten of all babies around the world. World Prematurity Day is a key moment to focus global attention on the leading cause of child deaths under age 5 – complications from preterm birth – which account for nearly 1 million deaths each year (UNICEF). Without a major push to reduce these deaths, we will not reach the Global Goal, endorsed by 193 countries, to end all preventable newborn and child deaths by 2030.
World Prematurity Day supports the values and goals of the Every Newborn Action Plan – an initiative of the Every Woman Every Child movement – which mobilizes global multi-sectoral support to save the lives and improve the wellbeing of mothers and their babies. The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness, reach and engagement around the world about the issues of premature birth, newborn health and survival.
Find out more and how you can get involved visit the World Prematurity Day toolkit