Borne was set up to address a major unmet medical need: premature delivery. Premature delivery is the most important cause of infant mortality and disability worldwide. In the UK alone, 1 in 10 babies are born too soon. That’s nearly 60,000 every year. Around the world, the figure is 15 million babies.
Globally, premature birth is the most common cause of death for children less than 5 years of age. In the UK, nearly 1,400 babies die each year as a direct result of being born too soon. Despite these dangers, little is known about why women go into labour prematurely or how to prevent this from happening.
Borne was set up to change this. The project has two main objectives:
- To better understand the causes of premature birth and to define how to prevent it
- Keeping a baby in the womb for just one more week would dramatically reduce the risk of death and disability, improving a child’s life forever.