An international non-profit, the Leo & Mia foundation is a change maker for mothers, preterm babies, and their families to access the care, support and the education they need to live a joy filled life. With a focus on early interventions, the foundation develops a continuum of care for preterm babies and their mothers in the first 1000 days of their lives.
The foundation directly addresses the global shortage of healthcare resources for preterm births particularly in developing countries. The foundation champions in implementing cost-effective care solutions and actively targets underserved as well as underprivileged communities to improve access to maternal and childcare services. The foundation has successfully launched and delivered 9 field projects in 5 countries
According to WHO, 1 in 10 babies are born preterm which equates to 15 million annually. Preterm births often result in complications, making it one of the leading causes of death in children under the age of 5. Babies born too early that survive may face difficulties in breathing, vision and hearing. The foundation actively works on creating a knowledge base and guidelines for early childhood development with an emphasis on cognitive development
The foundation’s leadership and team are passionate to create a world where all children have the opportunity to live and grow well. The foundation ensures mothers and babies under its care receive a continuum of care from birth into early childhood –first 1000 days and beyond. Preterm births tend to take an emotional and financial toll on families. New and expectant mothers are offered a continuum of care through the foundation’s community based programmes and hospital based care
Its vision is anchored on the first four United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It partners with world class organizations such as the WHO, Oxford university and others to shape a global movement for the care of preterm babies and their mothers. The foundation implements best practice documentation and knowledge management systems to organize and develop a much needed evidence based knowledge library
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World Prematurity Day : 17th November 2021
The Global theme for World Prematurity Day 2021 is “Zero Separation”. Stay tuned to this space for our campaign material.