Research Article - Journal of Public Health Policy and Planning (2021) Volume 5, Issue 6
Preterm birth and associated factors among mother who gave birth in public health hospitals in harar town eastern Ethiopia.
Background: Preterm birth is defined as a delivery which occurs at less than 37 weeks completed of gestation. The majority of preterm birth remains vulnerable to long term complications that may persist all over their lives. Globally, about 12.9 million births (9.6%) of all births worldwide were preterm and of these more than 60% of preterm births occur in Africa and South Asia while about 0.5 million were in each of Europe and North America. There is limited evidence on magnitude of preterm birth and associated factors, among women attending delivery service at public hospitals of low income countries like Ethiopia including the study setting, Harar town.Author(s): Gosaye Tekelehaymanot*