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Our fight to save tiny lives

Premature birth and its complications are the leading cause of death among children under five years of age across the world. In the UK alone, around 61,000 babies are born prematurely each year and tragically more than 1,000 of these babies die.

For those who survive, premature birth can cause a lifetime of disability which can include cerebral palsy, blindness and learning difficulties. Whilst some things are known to increase a woman’s chances of giving birth too soon, many early births remain unexplained.

Despite these numbers, and the enormous impact premature birth has on babies and their families, research in this area is still under-funded, limiting efforts to develop treatments to help prevent preterm birth and improve the lives of those born too soon. 

What are we doing?

We have launched this campaign because Action Medical Research believe that only by investing in research can the devastation caused by premature birth and pregnancy complications be stopped.

As part of our Saving Tiny Lives campaign we aim to tackle the issues of pregnancy complications and premature birth through investment in potentially groundbreaking research.

Professor Anderson, Professor of Experimental Paediatric Oncolog

“This investment can help us develop treatments to help reduce the number and improve the lives of babies who are born too soon.”

David Edwards, Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine at King’s College London and Action Medical Research Trustee

What we hope to achieve

Each year an estimated 15 million babies worldwide are born prematurely and one million die as a direct result of early birth. Globally, prematurity is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five and the likelihood of being born early has been rising in almost all countries.

That is why Action is launching this campaign; just imagine the potential this research will have not just in the UK but also benefiting millions worldwide. Please help - we’re looking for supporters who share our belief that with investment in research, premature birth can be stopped. Find out some of research areas the campaign includes below.

Make your pledge for tiny lives

What we need, right now, is the funding to support the first stage of this exciting campaign, we need to raise £50,000 from this appeal. If you share our ambition to save more tiny lives, through research, I hope you will step forward and make a donation today – you could be part of the next important breakthrough.