Purple is the color of the March of Dimes, the organization responsible for the annual event, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports.
World Prematurity Day is a global effort to bring healthy children into the world. 15 million babies are born premature each year — and 1 million of them die, according to the March of Dimes.
Dr. Chris Howson, Vice President Of Global Health for the March of Dimes, said it’s not just a developing world problem.
“Here in the US, we’ve got the worst rate of all industrialized countries,” he said. “So there’s a lot we can do to work together, and engage together, to solve this problem as a global community.”
Dr. Howson says research is key to preventing pre-term birth.
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