Burden, health equity and social capital implications of preterm birth along the life course

Burden, health equity and social capital implications of preterm birth along the life course

Join us October 27, 2020, 11:00-12:30 EST.

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There will be simultaneous translation in Spanish, English and Portuguese.


The health situation in the Region of the Americas has shown important improvements in the last 50 years. Among these improvements, infant and neonatal mortality rates have been significantly reduced through greater access to specific interventions and practices, overcoming diseases and incorporating the rights perspective into care. CLAP has played a key role since 1970, generating and communicating evidence, training health professionals, providing technical cooperation and strengthening institutional capacities in countries in and outside the Region. 

However, significant challenges still remain. Some conditions remain unsolved and show increasing frequencies. Child mortality is mainly concentrated in the neonatal period. Progressively, the implications of fetal mortality, the needs for its estimation and the identification of main determinants to address are being discussed. The burden of disease and disability linked to prematurity and early conditions are other conditions of concern.

In this context and as part of the series of seminars to commemorate the 50th anniversary of CLAP,  the Center is organizing this virtual event whose objective is to present and discuss challenges related to birth, perinatal conditions, prematurity, and its consequences.


Opening remarks - Mary Lou Valdez, Deputy Director, PAHO

Burden of prematurity and adverse conditions at birth in the Americas - Rahul Gupta, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical and Health Officer at March of Dimes

Perinatal and Early life conditions and the implications on health along the life course - Linda Adair, Professor, Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health at University of North Carolina

Pervasive inequality threatens the future of today’s children: Short and long-term effects of early-life adversity (based on analyses of national surveys and birth cohort studies in LMICs) - Cesar Victora, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at the Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPel), Brazil