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Preterm birth: burden, trends and prevention

Listen to Professor Simon Cousens define preterm birth and explain the burden, trends, and prevention strategies.

We defined preterm birth at the start of the week and throughout this activity will focus on the topic in more detail. Where are the highest rates and numbers of preterm births? What is being done to reduce the burden of preterm births?

In this video, Professor Simon Cousens summarises the situation for 15 million preterm babies born around the world each year. As you watch, try to think about whether those countries who have made progress in reducing the burden of preterm birth have done so through prevention or care of preterm babies. Is one more effective than another, or is a combined approach best?

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