141st APHA Annual Meeting

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Born too soon: Global action on preventing preterm birth

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 2:50 PM - 3:10 PM

Christopher P. Howson, PhD , Global Programs, March of Dimes, White Plains, NY
Published in May 2012, Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth provided the first-ever country-level estimates of preterm birth rates for 184 countries and outlined actions in response. The report estimated that 15 million babies are born preterm every year (more than 1 in 10 live births) and that more than 1.1 million of them die as a result of their prematurity. Preterm birth rates are rising in most countries, making preterm birth the leading cause of neonatal mortality and the second leading cause of child mortality worldwide. For those children who survive, many face a lifetime of severe disability.

This presentation will outline the report's recommended actions to reduce mortality by over 75% and greatly accelerate prevention. It will also describe the vigorous global initiatives undertaken since the report's release and the unique and extensive international partnerships formed in response.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the global toll of preterm birth as reported in Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth. List at least two actions that can be taken to prevent preterm birth globally.

Keywords: International Public Health, Infant Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Christopher Howson is an epidemiologist and Vice President for Global Programs at the March of Dimes with responsibility for developing the Foundationís international outreach. His recent work focuses on the creation of international networks to conduct and evaluate interventions and promote knowledge exchanges and expertise to improve birth outcomes in lower-income countries. He is an author/editor of numerous publications on global health and received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.