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The Golden Minute

In the delivery room of Dupti General Hospital in Afar, Ethiopia, Nurse Usman Hussein cradles a 900-gram newborn —barely heavier than a morning coffee mug yet holding the fragile promise of life. In Ethiopia, premature birth is the leading cause of neonatal deaths and complications. The Afar region, where the hospital is located, has some of the highest rates of child death in the world.

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