Together for babies born too soon: Supporting families, supporting healthcare professionals, strengthening healthcare systems are global themes for World Prematurity Day 2020. It is one of the most important days in the year to raise awareness of the challenges and burden of preterm birth globally.
Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely – more than 1 in 10 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 to end all preventable newborn and child deaths by 2030, which is endorsed by 193 countries.
At Baxter we’re partnering with the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) to raise awareness and help advance healthcare standards involving the complexity and risks associated with treating preterm neonates.