(CNN) — More than 1 million babies born prematurely die by the time they are a month old, according the March of Dimes.
The organization said in a report released Sunday that about 12.9 million infants worldwide are born too soon, or before 37 weeks of development in the womb, and of the 4 million newborns that die each year, about 28 percent of them were preemies.
While doctors know some of the health and behavior factors in mothers that increase the risk of preterm births, doctors have yet to identify a reliable remedy to prevent early labor, said Christopher Howson, vice president for global programs of the March of Dimes.
“While much can be done right now to reduce death and disability from preterm birth even in low-resource settings, we need to know more about the underlying causes of premature birth in order to develop effective prevention strategies,” Howson said in a press release.
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