Today, November 16, Liberia will join other nations around the world to mark the World Prewar World Day, which also coincides with the celebration of the Children's Health Week (November 12-17, 2018), the statement said.
According to a statement, the World Prevention Day, also known as "Born Too Soon", was observed on November 17 each year; but this year's celebration is scheduled for today, November 16, instead, because on November 17 it falls on Saturday.
This year's celebration is the theme "Doing Together: Partnership with Families in the Care of Small and Painful Neonates".
World Prevention Day is a key moment for global attention to focus on premature birth, which is a very serious health problem and the main cause of death in children under five years of age in the world; complications from premature birth, which, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, account for almost one million deaths every year.
Babies born early, according to the statement, may have more health problems from babies born on time, and may face long-lasting health problems that affect the brain, lungs, hearing, or vision.
Without a major move to reduce these deaths, according to a published report, the world will not reach the Global Goal supported by 193 countries in order to prevent the newborns and children from shifting until 2020.
World Mothers Day supports the values and goals of the Action Plan for every newborn, the initiative of the movement. Every woman, every child who mobilizes global multisectoral support to save lives and improve the well-being of mothers and their babies.
World Prevention Day or Born Too Soon aims to raise awareness of premature births or premature babies and worries about preserving children, as well as their families around the world.
It calls attention to the special problems that a dietary child faces and celebrates the development and growth of older babies and children who were born prematurely.
The day also expands information on assistance and support to affected families.
According to the statement, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Program for the Survival of Mothers and Children (MCSP), the renewal of health services and human resources for health projects, are working with the authorities in the Ministry of Health (MZ) and other health partners to promote the " for premature birth ".
The campaign, the release notes, puts emphasis on "quality care before, during and during pregnancy for a positive pregnancy experience".
Other services and care include counseling on healthy eating and optimal nutrition, avoiding the use of tobacco, alcohol and substance use; monitoring fetal growth measurements, determining gestational age and detecting multiple pregnancies, and at least eight contacts with healthcare institutions and community-level professionals during pregnancy, to prevent, identify, and manage other risk factors, including malaria and infection at all levels.
Additional services include access to contraceptives and increased empowerment of women in the area of their pregnancy, providing antenatal injections of steroids (given to pregnant women with excessive effort and eminent delivery under established criteria for strengthening the lungs of the baby) and the Kangaroo Maternal Care (the baby carries a mother with a skin contact to the skin) and nutrition, which only indicates breast milk or breastfeeding, as well as the provision of antibiotics for the treatment of newborn infections as needed and postnatal care, the necessary care for each mother and baby.
According to UNFPA statistics, 15 million babies are born prematurely each year, more than ten of all babies around the world.
The medical term "prematurity" refers to the birth of a baby born less than 37 weeks of gestational age. It is also known as an over birth or premature birth.
In Liberia, midwives and doctors in five midwifery facilities now record success in managing complicated cases of mother and newborns, including overwork and premature babies.
This initiative is based on skills acquired from the low-dose high-frequency process to provide quality health services that are applied in Phebe Hospital in Bong County, Curran Lutheran, Counti Lofa, Martha Tubman, Grand Gedeh Counti, Redemption Hospital and Japanese Friendship Maternity Hospital, Montserrado .