EFCNI’s global initiative The Global Alliance for Newborn Care – GLANCE – is taking shape

One year ago, we went public about the founding of GLANCE, the Global Alliance for Newborn Care for the first time and shared the news about this big endeavour with our network. A lot has happened since then and we were delighted to present with our supporters and fellow organisations, how much we were able to realise in regards to our primary objectives with GLANCE. It was our pleasure to present the many small and big steps we managed to go with this global initiative at the Parent Organisations Summit.

At the Summit, we had the chance to introduce all participants to the latest milestones. First of all, we announced the newly elected Chair Committee. 20 international representatives from 15 countries and various cultural backgrounds, equipped with a great skillset, have been elected for the next 5 years. Additionally, an Advisory Board will support the Chair Committee as well as the GLANCE founding members.
We would like to thank everyone who has applied for these positions. It is inspiring to see how people are joining forces to contribute with their knowledge, experience, and time to push GLANCE and eventually newborn health forward.

For more information about the organisational structure of GLANCE, please visit  
You can also download our new information brochure to have all essential facts and information about GLANCE handy.

Moreover, it was a special honour to welcome Chair Committee member Dr Takeshi Arimitsu from Keio University School of Medicine, Japan at our summit. In his presentation, he shared insights about how he and his NICU team in Tokyo took care of an extremely preterm born baby. One aspect of the care procedures applied, was family-centred developmental care – an approach that is not yet overall adopted throughout Japan. It was thrilling to get these first-hand impressions and experience from Japan and we hope to advance this connection in the future.

Another milestone of GLANCE in 2019 was the launch of the Global Call to Action for Newborn Care on World Prematurity Day. The Call to Action was released in 21 languages and can be downloaded as a poster or a flyer. At the POS, the participants, altogether from more than 34 countries, put their signature on the Call to Action, giving a strong statement: we all support the 8 Call to Action demands and will work jointly for their implementation!

Download your copy of the Global Call to Action for Newborn Care here.