World Prematurity Day is observed on 17 November.
Induction or caesarean birth should not be planned before 39 completed weeks unless medically indicated.
Around 15 million babies are born prematurely each year, that is 1 in 10 babies born worldwide.
Of these, around 1 million babies die from complications due to prematurity. More than three quarters of these babies could be saved through better access to quality care and medicines for both mother and baby.