Preterm Birth: Forging the Path to Prevention

November 17, 2014 5:39 PM

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New global estimates of child mortality show important gains have been made for nearly all causes of child death, except one in which progress has remained nearly stagnant: newborn mortality.

Newborn mortality (death within the first month of life) now accounts for 44 percent of all under-5 child deaths worldwide, and preterm birth has emerged as the leading cause of newborn mortality and leading cause of all under-5 deaths. Even in high-income countries with sophisticated intensive care...

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