Launch of WHO recommendations for the management of premature or low birth weight infants

It is estimated that 15 million babies are born too early each year. That’s more than 1 in 10 babies. About 1 million children die each year due to complications from premature birth. Many surviving babies face lifelong disabilities, including learning disabilities and visual and hearing problems.

On the occasion of World Prematurity Day 2022, November 17, 2022, the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Aging of the World Health Organization Health in Geneva is launching new recommendations based on new evidence that has emerged that can improve the care of premature or low birth weight babies. There are 25 recommendations that dramatically expand the “what”, “where” and “how” to improve the survival, health and well-being of preterm and low birth weight babies. This includes kangaroo mother care and involving families in the care of their babies from birth.

At the launch event, expert speakers will present the recommendations. They will also discuss the evidence behind them, their potential impact, implementation challenges and what the recommendations mean for families and services.

This webinar is organized by the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Aging, World Health Organization Geneva. There will be interpretation in French.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

7 a.m. New York, 1 p.m. Geneva, 3 p.m. Kampala, 5:30 p.m. New Delhi

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The recommendations in this guideline are intended to inform the development of national and subnational health policies, clinical protocols, and programmatic guides. The target audience includes national and subnational public health decision makers, implementers and managers of maternal, newborn and child health programs, health facility managers, supervisors/instructors for continuing education , health workers (including midwives, auxiliary nurse midwives, nurses, paediatricians, neonatologists, general practitioners and community health workers), non-governmental organizations, professional societies involved in the planning and management of services maternal, newborn and child health, academic staff involved in research and in the initial education and training of health workers and those involved in parent education.

Please click on the links below to access the guidelines. They will be accessible after 12:01 p.m. on November 15, 2022.

WHO recommendations

Web Appendices

Web Supplement – ​​Evidence Base

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