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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Impact of Coronavirus/COVID-19 on special/intensive care for newborns – a parents’ perspective”

The worldwide study “Impact of Coronavirus/COVID-19 on special/intensive care for newborns – a parents’ perspective” was launched in July 2020 aiming at exploring parents’ experiences related to the challenges caused by the current pandemic regarding the care of and access to their newborn baby. Parents of sick and preterm babies who were born during this Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic were asked to participate in this survey, which was available in 23 languages.

Please note that participation closed in November 2020, the data have been evaluated and analysed. Comprehensive findings and insights will be published in autumn 2021. A first research paper “Neonatal care during the COVID-19 pandemic – a global survey of parents’ experiences regarding infant and family-centred developmental care.”, has recently been published in the EClinicalMedicine by The Lancet.

More information on the survey can be found here: in our recent news update.

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