Where is preterm birth positioned on the global health agenda? A policy analysis using a political prioritization framework

Investigator: Sara Kassabian, MS

Location(s): United States


Preterm birth is the leading cause of death in newborns and children under five years worldwide. Despite its high mortality rate, preterm birth has received less attention and resources than other diseases of less or comparable 15 | P a g e burden. In the period of transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, it is critical to assess how global health leadership prioritizes preterm birth alongside other causes of childhood mortality. 

Mentor: Gavin Yamey, MD, MPH, MA, MRCP