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Countries Must Improve Access To, Quality Of Newborn Health Care Services To Help Save 30M Premature Infants, U.N. Report Says

Healio: WHO, UNICEF: ‘Far from our goal of reducing newborn deaths’
“Thirty million infants are born prematurely around the world, according to a report issued by a global coalition that includes WHO, UNICEF, and other organizations. The report’s findings showed that in 2017, 2.5 million of these children died as a result of preventable causes, including prematurity, complications occurring near birth, infections, and congenital conditions…” (Bortz, 12/13).

U.N. News: Better care, stronger laws needed to save 30 million babies on the brink of death
“…The report, ‘Survive and Thrive: Transforming care for every small and sick newborn,’ finds that babies with complications from being born premature, or suffering brain injury during childbirth, severe bacterial infection, or jaundice, risk death and disability. Furthermore, the financial and psychological toll on their families can affect their cognitive, linguistic, and emotional development…” (12/13).

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