11/19/2012 02:19 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Premature Birth: A Global Health Crisis


Nevena from Bulgaria was born at 33 weeks; a year later, her parents are still fighting for her to have a normal life. In Nigeria, Yardel was born with a hole in his heart. He came so early, his ears and nose hadn't yet formed. Their stories are among several thousand shared on Millions of others go untold.

World Prematurity Day was celebrated on Saturday, November 17. The day is supported by dozens of organizations worldwide working to save premature babies. In the United States, the March of Dimes is leading the fight for answers, and ultimately preventions.

For all of us, World Prematurity day presents an opportunity to learn more about this global crisis. Get the facts and spread the world. If we are to stop losing our children to premature birth, we need to acknowledge the scope and severity of the problem and start taking action.