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WHO: 152M preterm births in the last ten years

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported on Wednesday that between 2010 and 2020, at least 152 million vulnerable babies were delivered prematurely.

Preterm birth, which accounts for more than one-fifth of all deaths in children under the age of five, is the leading cause of child fatalities, according to a recent report.

According to the study, preterm survivors may experience long-term health effects, such as a higher risk of disability and developmental delays.

According to data from 2020, an estimated 13.4 million babies were born prematurely, and almost 1 million of them died as a result of preterm complications.

According to the report, this translates to roughly one out of every ten babies delivered prematurely (before to 37 weeks of pregnancy) globally.

Survival is determined by one’s country of origin.

Only one in ten severely preterm infants (those born before 28 weeks of pregnancy) survive in low-income countries, as opposed to more than nine in ten in high-income nations, claims the paper.

It stated that “too frequently, where babies are born determines whether they survive.”

The study emphasized that Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa have the highest incidence of preterm birth and the highest mortality risk for preterm infants. Over 65 percent of preterm births worldwide occur in these two areas.

The study also highlighted the increased dangers that conflict, climate change, environmental degradation, the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, and rising living expenses bring to women and infants around the world.

More money spent could save millions of newborns.

Increased funding, according to Dr. Joy Lawn of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, might save millions of helpless infants.

“More money spent on vulnerable newborns’ care could spare millions of families from grief. Preterm birth must also be prevented, which will advance efforts to lower stillbirths and maternal fatalities, according to Lawn.

Together, these two preterm prevention and care courses would result in healthier people and society, she said, enabling them to contribute to economic and social progress. The investment may not be modest, but the returns on this investment will be significant for every country. Our next generation depends on us all acting now.

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