World Prematurity Day

Together for babies born too soon - Caring for the future

UNICEF Sudan
World Prematurity Day
Shehzad Noorani
16 November 2020

1 in 10 babies is born premature. Worldwide. 

Premature (Preterm) Babies are those who were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Premature Babies are prone to serious illness or death during the neonatal period (the 1st four weeks of life), due to impaired respiration, difficulty in feeding, poor body temperature regulation and high risk of infection.

Globally there are 15 million babies born preterm each year – and over 1 million deaths of children under 5 years from related complications. In Sudan an estimated number of 170,600 babies are born preterm every year.

World Prematurity Day is an opportunity to call attention to the heavy burden that preterm birth causes on parents, families, friends and on former preterm born children.

Baby in incubator
Shehzad Noorani

Preterm birth is the leading cause of child deaths under the age of 5. Preterm complications result in 13.6% of deaths among children below 5 years old in Sudan.

Baby in incubator
Shehzad Noorani

Without appropriate treatment, those who survive are at increased risk of lifelong disability and poor quality of life. World Prematurity Day on 17 November is one of the most important days in the year to raise awareness of the challenges and burden of preterm birth globally.

 

To improve maternal and neonatal health status in Sudan, UNICEF is working with the National and the State Ministries of Health and other respective partners to expand coverage of deliveries of pregnant women by skilled personnel and provide appropriate management of any complications that do occur during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum or during the neonatal period.

UNICEF support continues in the form of capacity building of the maternal and newborn health service providers (e.g. Medical Doctors, Midwives), provision of essential supplies, awareness raising of local communities and strengthening of the health system.

World Prematurity Day
World Prematurity Day