An estimated 14.8 million babies are born preterm every year, before 37 completed weeks of gestation.Of these, around a million die because of direct complications,another 912 000 have mild to severe neurodevelopmental impairment, and many more have milder disabilities or suboptimal child development.A preterm baby’s chance of survival and development depends largely on where they live with the majority of preterm births and related deaths occurring in southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.12

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