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Howson CP, Kinney MV, eds. 2012. Born too soon: The global action report on preterm birth. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 113 pp.

Annotation: This report discusses what is known about preterm birth and its causes and trends. The report, which includes national, regional, and global estimates of preterm birthrates, including rates by country, presents a plan for the actions needed to reduce the incidence of death and disability resulting from preterm birth, provide care for infants born preterm, and reduce the numbers of preterm births.

Contact: World Health Organization, 20, Avenue Appia, Geneva, Switzerland , Telephone: (+ 41 22) 791 21 11 Fax: (+ 41 22) 791 3111 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 9789241503433.

Keywords: Geographic factors, High risk infants, Chronic illnesses and disabilities, Infant death, Infant health, Infant mortality, International health, Neonatal intensive care, Postpartum care, Preconception care, Prenatal care, Preterm birth, Prevention


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.