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Born too soon: decade of action on preterm birth looks to the future, setting an ambitious agenda to reduce the burden of preterm birth by addressing factors outside of the health system that affect preterm birth; and, within health systems, by providing high-quality, respectful care for women and babies so that they can survive and thrive, no matter where they are born.

This report is intended to inspire and support country-led action: politicians, policy-makers and leaders of all stakeholder groups are its primary audience. However, leadership “from the top” often emerges in response to a unified call to action by a broad-based coalition of committed advocates “from the bottom”.