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Examining Pathway To Improve Survival Of Preterm Infants In Low-, Middle-Income Settings

“It is heartbreaking to know that there are low-cost interventions to manage preterm birth and care for preterm infants, but without enough frontline health workers and without implementation of known interventions, more than a million preterm babies die every year,” Sarah Alexander, the director of external relations at the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children’s, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “In a global call to action, scientific experts from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, GAPPS, and the March of Dimes Foundation published in Lancet Global Health ‘A solution pathway for preterm birth: accelerating a priority research agenda,'” she notes, adding, “The solution pathway includes critical steps in development and delivery science that can help scale up interventions to improve the survival of preterm infants in low- and middle-income settings” (12/19).

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