Working to improve the health of babies worldwide
The March of Dimes has worked hard to change this. Since 1998, we have partnered with local organizations in 33 developing countries on four continents to improve the health and care of babies through professional education, public awareness and strengthening parent organizations. We help by providing financial support and sharing our technical expertise and resources. Our professional and public health education materials can be adapted to local conditions and needs. This approach allows us to respect the individual cultural differences of our partner organizations.
We have worked with partners to collect and publish data on the harsh toll of premature birth and birth defects around the world, including regional and national levels. We've also identified steps that countries can take to reduce this toll. These publications have helped get the attention of international policy makers and have already resulted in a much needed increase in funding.
The March of Dimes has conducted numerous international conferences to foster networks among developing and industrialized country experts and to create opportunities for sharing ideas, programs and best practices. These professional ties help build a lasting framework for the future.