Informed decisions for actions in maternal and newborn health

Seminar: 15 million preterm babies – will better care create more disabled survivors?

Seminar: 15 million preterm babies – will better care create more disabled survivors?

4 February 2014

Date: Tuesday 4 February 2014
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Venue: LG7, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK
Admission: Free and open to all. Registration required. Drinks reception will follow.
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Chair: Professor Joy Lawn

Speakers: Dr Hannah Blencowe, Professor Clare Gilbert

Seminar summary

The aim is to engage the paediatric, obstetric and public health communities to strengthen programmes to prevent and manage these conditions, and to improve services for those with impairment. One of the big messages is that neonatal conditions account for almost 10% of the Global Burden of Diseases and that in low income countries this is still dominated by preventable mortality, but in middle income countries with increasing access to Neonatal Intensive Care Units, there are also an increasing number of disabled survivors. The probability of developing a disability is lower in higher income settings and heavily concentrated in extremely preterm infants – suggesting that steps can be taken in low income settings to improve outcomes for infants. A critical issue is to improve the data and especially the disability follow up data in parallel with scaling up Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

Beyond Newborn survival paper supplement

“Beyond Newborn survival” is a 6 paper supplement published in Pediatric Research, giving the first systematic estimates of impairment after the major neonatal conditions notably preterm birth, neonatal infections, Intrapartum conditions/neonatal encephalopathy, and hyperbilirubinaemia/Rhesus disease. These analyses have been carried out by almost 50 researchers at 35 institutions, led by Professor Joy Lawn and Dr Hannah Blencowe at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Read the papers