- Premature birth and birth defects affect 23 million babies worldwide.
- More than 4 million die from preterm birth and birth defects.
- Working with local and global partners, we can make a difference.
March of Dimes Global Programs conducts its work through "mission alliances" with non-governmental partners in target countries that share the March of Dimes mission to prevent birth defects, preterm birth and infant mortality. We focus on collaborative projects that are product-intensive, of short turn-around and measurable. In doing so, we respect the individual cultural differences of our partner organizations. We offer our partners technical expertise and the extensive resources of the March of Dimes, including professional and public health education materials and tools for establishing data collection systems, which have been shown to be easily adapted to local conditions and needs. In doing so, we have become a highly-visible, trusted and respected ally in the eyes of our developing country colleagues. For more information on individual projects and on our Global Network for Maternal and Infant Health, see "In depth."