Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

World Prematurity Day

17 November 2013

World Prematurity Day is a global effort to raise awareness of the deaths and disabilities due to prematurity and the simple, proven, cost-effective measures that could prevent them.

In the lead up to this year's World Prematurity Day, South Africa and the United Kingdom, together with UNICEF, WHO, The Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), UNFPA and Save The Children co-hosted an event which brought together more 50 participants to discuss the actions needed by all stakeholders to prevent and care for babies born too soon.

It also provided an overview of the Every Newborn action plan for missions and other stakeholders in Geneva.

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