Baby steps to saving lives
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Each year, one in 10 babies around the world will be born prematurely and over a million of those will die. But could measuring the size of a baby’s feet help save lives?
In the final weeks of pregnancy, the idea of going into early labour might not seem like such a bad thing.
But giving birth prematurely – officially classed as before 37 weeks gestation – can lead to long-term health effects.
Depending on quite how early the baby is born, infants can either be completely unaffected or left with permanent disability and learning difficulties.
The issue of prematurity is particularly pronounced in South Asian and Sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for over 80% of the deaths caused by pre-term birth complications.
- Health Care