GLANCE - Global Alliance for Newborn Care


Approximately 30 million newborns worldwide are at risk every year. Newborns who are born too soon, too small, or too sick face the greatest risk of death and disability.

GLANCE is a global network to represent the interests of these babies and their families. It aims to improve newborn and maternal health worldwide, ensure nurturing care in all settings, and enable every girl, woman and parent to make well-informed choices and decisions during pre-conception, pregnancy and birth as well as during follow-up and continuing care after discharge from the hospital.

Our Vision and mission

GLANCE has the vision that every baby born receives the best start in life. Worldwide.

GLANCE aims to create, empower and support a global patient voice in each region of the world while taking into account the respective cultural, historical and socio-economic backgrounds and needs of families.

By including parents, from all parts of the world to exchange knowledge and experience, GLANCE aspires to decrease the burden of afflicted families and their babies born too soon, too small or too sick to help them thrive beyond survival.

The four key topics of GLANCE

  • Girls’ and women’s health
    GLANCE works towards the right for self-determination of every girl and every woman and towards recognizing the global importance and necessity of sexual education of adolescents.
  • Pregnancy and birth
    GLANCE supports the development and dissemination of knowledge for pregnant women and their partners about all relevant topics on a healthy pregnancy as well as high-quality care for all women of reproductive age.
  • Newborn treatment and care
    GLANCE promotes optimal care in all settings for every baby born too soon, too small, or too sick for the best start in life and a healthy future. This includes continuous training of nurses, parental involvement in care procedures and using locally applicable technologies.
  • Follow-up and continuing care
    GLANCE promotes the long-term health and quality of life of babies born too soon, too small, too sick. This also includes medical, emotional, psychosocial and financial support for these children and their families.

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GLANCE Initiatives

Zero separation. Together for Better care! Keep preterm and sick babies close to their parents.

In cooperation with its international network, the Global Alliance for Newborn Care (GLANCE) developed a long-term campaign to support parents of hospitalised newborns and healthcare professionals in neonatal care units with the aim to enable infant and family-centred developmental care in line with COVID-19 precautions. Every two months the campaign sheds light on a focus topic. healthcare professionals, as well as parent representatives and former preterm infants, share their insights and experience in studies, interviews, and statements. The campaign provides a large variety of campaign material in more than 20 languages so everyone can join and support this cause.

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Zero separation. Together for better care! Infant and family-centred developmental care in times of COVID-19 – A global survey of parents’ experiences

This global online-survey was conducted to explore parents’ experiences with regard to the disruptions and restrictions on different elements of IFCDC during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents of newborns in need of special/intensive care shared their experiences regarding prenatal care, parental access, infant nutrition and breastfeeding, health communication, and mental health.

Overall, 2103 parents from 56 countries participated in the survey. More than half of the participants were not allowed to have a support person present during the birth of their child. A further alarming finding was the strict separation of parents and their newborns; one in five parents indicated that no one was allowed to be present with the hospitalised newborn. Country-specific differences could be identified, showing that several elements of IFCDC seem to be more affected in some countries than in others.

Global findings were published in The Lancet’s EClinical Medicine:

Full project report: download HERE

More information on the survey can be found here: