PR Newswire | 29 Nov, 2013
BANGALORE: What is the right time to deliver a baby so as to ensure that the child is born healthy? Indian law says the viability of a foetus is 28 weeks, but lives can be saved for any premature baby born on or after 24 weeks with appropriate care. In fact, developed countries have the viability described as babies over 24 weeks - for over a decade now. But in India, the high Infant Mortality Rates (IMR) and lack of appropriate infrastructure make this a difficult problem to tackle.
In a bid to increasing awareness about this subject, Cloudnine, in conjunction with IFPB (Indian Foundation for Premature Babies), has launched a book titled 'Delivered Too Soon - Action Report on Preterm Birth in India'. The book was unveiled in Bangalore by Sri U.T. Khader, Honourable Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka, on the occasion of World Prematurity Day.
In addition to this book, Cloudnine also launched a special book aimed at supporting and guiding parents of premature babies, called 'Arrived Too Soon'. Authored by Dr. Kishore Kumar, Chairman and MD, Cloudnine Hospitals, this book was launched by Dr. Geetha Nyamagouder, Director, Health and Family Welfare Services. The event, which took place at Cloudnine Kids Children's hospital located in Jayanagar, welcomed Dr. H.C. Ramesh, Project Director of R.C.H. as the guest of honour.
About the Action Report:
At a time when the focus of healthcare is on communicable diseases, and lately, a new breed of 'lifestyle' diseases; newborns are often deprived of the attention they need. As per a recent WHO report, out of the 27 million babies born in India every year, close to 3.6 million are born prematurely, and out of this more than 3 million infants fail to survive due to complications. The report also cited that India has the highest preterm birth and infant mortality in the world.
Infant mortality rates are one of the most important indicators of the differentials in health and socioeconomic condition in a community. Statistics show that India lags behind some of the other developing nations.
The publication of 'Delivered Too Soon: Action Report on Preterm Birth in India' demonstrates India's commitment to improving newborn health, particularly the issue of preterm birth. Various stakeholders have contributed in this action report, including World Health Organisation (WHO), March of Dimes, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GAPP, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Save a Child foundation.
This report is a timely response to this urgent need and delves deeper into the India-specific causes, care, consequences, and controversies surrounding preterm births. It shows the realities of prevailing condition in India and focuses the attention to the much needed efforts required to change the situation.
This report will go a long way in raising awareness about preterm births. It summarizes briefly the causes and potential solutions for this condition. With this analysis, policy-makers, practitioners and researchers will be able to localize the problems and find potential solutions. Each state will be able to set goals that are applicable to that situation, leading to locally adapted solutions.
This report raises the profile of preterm birth not only in India but also globally, calling for the necessary attention to make progress and to broaden the circle of champions.
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