Classifying Preterm Birth in Kenya: An Outcome Not a Disease

Investigator: Lara Miller, MS
Sponsor: Global Health Sciences Education

Location(s): Kenya


Fifteen million babies are born preterm every year and one million will die as a direct result. Preterm birth is a complex syndrome, defined by time, and characterized by multiple etiologic pathways. As multidimensional as determining the cause of premature death in adults, each preterm birth is an individual case in an individual context. Using the phenotyping cluster model, developed by Barros, et al., this study will evaluate the ability to classify preterm births at Migori County Referral Hospital in Migori Kenya – leading to improved record keeping and informing interventions to reduce preterm birth in the region.