NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis) is a leading causes of infant death, impacting thousands of babies every year in the United States. It is a devastating intestinal disease that primarily affects preemies.
The NEC Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501c3 organization, made up of a diverse group of healthcare practitioners, researchers, and families from across the country who seek to protect premature infants from NEC. For more about us, check out the NEC Society’s vision.
Our Mission: Through education, outreach, research, and advocacy, we are committed to understanding necrotizing enterocolitis and reducing its incidence.
NEC is a leading cause of infant death and claims the lives of thousands of babies every year in the United States. In addition, thousands more surviving infants impacted by NEC experience extensive surgeries, lengthy hospitalizations and life-long complications. Despite research and medical advancements, the NEC mortality rate has not improved in over thirty years.
The NEC Society believes the status quo is unacceptable. Research has shown that there are ways to help prevent this devastating disease, but lack of prioritization, funding and awareness have hindered meaningful progress. The NEC Society seeks to close the gap between best practices and what is actually happening in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across the country. The NEC Society wants to see health institutions, policymakers and the public prioritize this common, costly, deadly neonatal disease. This is what we do:
- On the factors that increase the risks of NEC:
- Antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals
- Quick advancement of feeds
- On the factors the reduces the risks of NEC:
- Human milk
- For policies that best protect premature infants from necrotizing enterocolitis, which includes the recommendation of an exclusive human milk diet for premature infants.
- For hospitals to implement practices that best protect premature infants from necrotizing enterocolitis, which includes ensuring an exclusive human milk diet for premature infants.
Promote & Conduct Research
- Partner with scientists whose research focuses on necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants
- Develop research priorities needed to prevent, reduce, and treat necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants