Preterm Birth

Preterm is defined as babies born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed. An estimated 15 million babies are born too early every year. That is more than one in ten babies. Almost one million children die each year due to complications of preterm birth.

Preterm Family Network

The preterm family network is the main traditional advocacy tool of the AFPNC’s flagship project SOBASI. The PFN brings together all stakeholders and everyone to be a voice for the voiceless preterm to determine ways to improve services in the hospitals and the communities families live.


A proportion of preterm births and other pregnancy complications can be prevented by simple interventions. Quality antenatal care and a healthy lifestyle before and during pregnancy can prevent a baby from being born too soon.


Preterm infants and ill newborns require special care by experts. Our role in empowering neonatal health professionals is to partner with stakeholders to create a platform for the exchange of knowledge, facilitate training programs and financial support for specialized courses on neonatal health.

Short Information

OBASI is the flagship project of the African Foundation for Premature Babies and Neonatal Care (AFPNC) in partnership with Elorkor Brands. AFPNC is the implementation wing whiles Elorkor Brands is the fundraising engine of the project. We work with Stakeholders and Partners to ensure that set targets to provide a fighting chance for babies born too soon in rural areas and African countries recovering from war are achieved.

orld Prematurity Day” is an awareness day that honours preterm infants and their families. It was first celebrated by EFCNI and its partner parent organizations in 2009. AFPNC marks this day with its partners and stakeholders across Africa with a special event to create awareness and raise funds too.

AFPNC Events

We provide a detailed calendar on conferences and congresses regarding newborn and maternal health. Do you have input for our calendar? Please contact or