Promoting health through the life-course

World prematurity day 2015

Date: 17 November 2015
Place: Global

World Prematurity Day is observed on 17 November. Around 15 million babies are born prematurely each year, that is 1 in 10 babies born worldwide.

Of these, around 1 million babies die from complications due to prematurity. More than three quarters of these babies could be saved through better access to quality care and medicines for both mother and baby.

Complications of preterm births are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age. Without appropriate treatment, those who survive often face lifelong disabilities, including learning, visual and hearing problems and their quality of life is greatly affected.

In an effort to improve preterm birth outcomes, WHO has published recommendations for managing preterm births that are designed to save lives and improve the health of preterm infants. Many of these recommendations are simple, proven and cost-effective measures.