Akhil Maheshwari (Baltimore, Maryland, USA) and Minesh Khashu (United Kingdom), approached renowned clinicians and social leaders from all over the world to develop a global organization that would be focused on the care of newborn infants. Kei Lui and Atul Malhotra (Australia); Pascal Lavoie, Abhay Lodha, and Michael Narvey (Canada); Lai Shuan Wang (China); Christof Dame (Germany); Praveen Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Sushma Nangia, Srinivas Murki, and Rashna Das (India); Giuseppe Buonocore (Italy); Martina C. Cornel (Netherlands); Ola Didrik Saugstag (Norway); Yahya Ethawi, Monika Kaushal, Abdul Razak, and Zakhariya Al Salam (United Arab Emirates); Aniko Deierl, Cora Doherty, Charles Roehr, and Alok Sharma (United Kingdom); Pankaj B. Agrawal, Wally Carlo, Mickey Caplan, Bob Christensen, Isabelle DePlaen, Mark Mercurio, Marti Perhach, Bob Schelonka, and Martha Sola-Visner (United States of America) joined as founding members. The group is expanding rapidly, and we now have presence in more than 110 countries in the 6 populated continents.

Our future, anywhere in the world, depends on how well we take care of our newborn and young infants. Health care professionals can not do this alone. We need a ‘social movement’ to bring together families, medical professionals, charities, government agencies, policy makers, and every other member of our society whose heart beats for babies.

We are setting up core teams to provide local leadership with a global vision. We will set priorities for research, quality improvement, and for education and training. For effective communication, we are planning virtual and in-person meetings at both regional and global levels, and to develop high-quality publication(s) that will not be limited by linguistic barriers. Our consortium will compile "big data" to identify issues important for neonatal care; develop prediction models for clinical outcomes; and identify geographical patterns in health and disease to assist policy-makers. Every Baby Counts!

©2021 Global Newborn Society, "Every Baby Counts"

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