May 2005: Washington - Birth Asphyxia

PGPR Symposium and Workshop: Global Perspectives on Birth Asphyxia
May 17 and 18, 2005;

Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Approximately one million babies die each year as a result of factors commonly referred to as “birth asphyxia”. At least as many infants who survive asphyxia must cope with lifelong mental and physical handicaps. The methods of prevention and treatment of birth asphyxia, from which rich countries have benefited during the last 30 years, have not reached the poorest countries where the risk is highest (1). Therefore, most of the deaths and disabilities associated with birth asphyxia take place in developing countries.

The Programme for Global Paediatric Research™ convened a symposium and workshop on the global crisis of birth asphyxia May 17 and 18, 2005.

The symposium took place within the annual Pediatric Academic Societies’ Meeting, the largest meeting of paediatric scientific researchers in the world. The workshop took place the following day. Within this environment, PGPR sought to educate and galvanize a wide audience of paediatric researchers about birth asphyxia in an international context and to generate new ideas and commitments to birth asphyxia research as a global priority.


 1. Lawn JE, Cousens S, Zupan J. 4 million neonatal deaths: When? Where? Why? Lancet 2005; 365: 891-900.

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