Lori McDougall is based in Geneva as Senior Technical Officer, Policy and Advocacy at The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, a global alliance of 460 member-organizations dedicated to advancing knowledge, advocacy and accountability to improve the health of women, newborns and children. Prior to her work at PMNCH, she was the senior health project manager at BBC World Service Trust, where she established the India and Cambodia offices, managing national media campaigns on issues such as HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and leprosy. She completed her M.Sc. at the London School of Economics in Development Studies, and is presently working on a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on the influence of advocacy and communications campaigns in generating demand for maternal, newborn and child health.
As the United States celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, preterm birth is a frequent and important global health problem that can no longer be neglected. Every day, scores of young children die after they are born too early - and many of those deaths are preventable. Most striking of all, this is truly a global problem, affecting rich and poor countries alike. In the United States, for example, nearly 12 out of every 100 babies born in 2010 were premature, and this rate has increased by 30 percent since 1981.