Preterm birth complications are now the leading cause of death in children under age five. Mothers urgently need access to cost-effective, practical solutions to help them reach full term pregnancies and care for newborns.
Improving health service delivery
- Training health care providers and community health workers to provide quality care for mothers before, between and during pregnancies;
- Improving local health facilities with essential equipment, supplies, and training in supply chain management for quality reproductive, maternal, and newborn care;
- Strengthening referral systems for high risk deliveries, and preterm, low-birth weight babies.
Increasing uptake of health services
- Working with community and religious leaders, , community health committees, youth groups and radio broadcasters to raise awareness of family planning methods, healthy lifestyles, taboos related to preterm birth, and gender equality issues;
- Empowering women and adolescent girls, supporting their self-confidence and decision-making, and increasing their participation in community structures
Strengthening data collection
- Improving data collection and registration on birth, death and stillbirth at national, subnational and community levels;
- Increasing knowledge and use of data and evidence for preterm prevention.