Approximately 30 million newborns worldwide are at risk every year. Newborns who are born too soon, too small, or too sick, face the greatest risk of death and disability. In 2017, an estimated 2.5 million newborns died during the first 28 days of life. Around 80% of these had low birth weight, and two thirds were born preterm. In addition, long-term disability, including cerebral palsy and cognitive delays are a burden faced by an estimated 1 million small and sick newborns that survive.1
Currently an authentic patient voice in the maternal and newborn health arena is missing at a global level, and patient advocacy and representation remain limited to country or continent borders. This is where GLANCE wants to make a change.
1Survive and thrive: transforming care for every small and sick newborn. Key findings. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2018 (WHO/FWC/MCA/18.11). License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.