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.
Improve health service delivery
- Train health care providers and community health workers to provide quality care for mothers before, between and during pregnancies;
- Improve local health facilities with essential equipment, supplies, and supply chain management for quality reproductive, maternal, and newborn care;
- Strengthen referral systems for high risk deliveries, and preterm, low-birth weight babies.
Increase uptake of health services
- Work with community and religious leaders, traditional birth attendants, youth groups and radio broadcasters to raise awareness of family planning methods, healthy lifestyles, taboos related to preterm birth, and gender equality issues;
- Empower women’s self-confidence, negotiation and leadership skills.
Strengthen data collection
- Improve data collection and registration on birth, death and still birth at national, subnational and community level;
- Increase knowledge and use of data and evidence for preterm prevention.