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Table 2 Estimated lives saved of premature babies in settings with universal coverage of interventions

From: Born Too Soon: Accelerating actions for prevention and care of 15 million newborns born too soon

Intervention reaching 95% coverage Also saves mothers or other babies By 2015 By 2025
   % Deaths averted Lives saved % Deaths averted Lives saved
Family planning* M, SB, N 24 228,000 32 345,000
Antenatal corticosteroids N 40 373,000 41 444,000
Antibiotics for pPRoM N 9 85,000 9 101,000
Immediate assessment and simple care of all babies N 5 44,000 5 53,000
Neonatal resuscitation N 7 65,000 7 77,000
Thermal care N 15 142,000 16 171,000
Kangaroo mother care N 48 452,000 48 531,000
Interventions implemented together M, SB, N 81 757,000 84 921,000
  1. Note: interventions marked with M will also save maternal lives, SB would avert stillbirth, and N will save newborns dying from causes other than preterm birth.
  2. * Family planning scaled to 60% coverage or to a level whereby the total fertility rate is 2.5. Note that obstetric care would also have an impact, but is not estimated separately