White Paper on Preterm Birth: The Global and Regional Toll
Author(s)/Editor(s): March of Dimes, World Health Organization, Save the Children, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Publication date: 2009
Number of pages: 17
This White Paper presents newly-published data on the global and regional toll of preterm birth provided by the Department of Reproductive Health and Research of the World Health Organization (RHR/WHO) as a frst step in measuring the extent of preterm birth worldwide. March of Dimes and RHR/WHO expect that these data will serve as a catalyst for policy makers, researchers, donors, clinicians and the general public to address this major public health problem. A future report will provide country-specifc rates and suggest strategies to reduce mortality and disability from preterm birth.