This year's outreach for World Prematurity Day was incredible: People in more than 60 countries showed their support. The activities ranged from global and national events to local activities and involved all stakeholders around maternal and newborn health. Governments and Ministries of Health in high burden countries engaged in awareness activities, organizations, societies and private companies joined in and countless hospitals, parents groups and individuals added their forces to a meanwhile truly worldwide movement, honouring preterm babies and their families.
Thanks to all this support, the so far overlooked and yet crucial topic of matenal and newborn health finally receives a strong voice. People across all borders - no matter of which cultural, social or religious background - unite and call jointly for a best start in life. Everywhere.
Thank you to everyone sharing their wonderful activitiy for World Prematurity Day 2013 with us! Also have a look at the WHO - World Prematurity Day homepage where further activities are gathered and link in to the Every Newborn action plan initiative.
Should you have any questions, would like more information, would like to add details about your activity or have an activitiy that is still missing, please do not hesitate to contact us. Feel free to share the activities listed but don't forget to honour the work of those who realized them.
The Ministry of Health and Population and other health partners with support of UNICEF celebrated the World Prematurity Day on 17 November in the Malalai Maternity Hospital. There were about 70 health providers present from four different maternity hospitals. The Reproductive Health Director gave a welcome speech and presented global facts and interventions related to prematurity. Participants visited the neonatal ward of the hospital and mothers and health providers were interviewed.
The Miracle Babies Foundation was calling everyone in Australia to get involved for World Prematurity Day 2013 on their WPD website. They explained to everyone who wanted to engage how they can support this special day easily by putting up a socks line. In their online gallery, you can see where socks lines have been hung up to raise awareness about prematurity.
National Premmie Foundation
The National Premmie Foundation in Australia run the ‘Light It Up Purple’ campaign for World Prematurity Day. Anyone could join by wearing purple and purchasing a National Premmie Foundation candle and lighting it in their own home at 7pm on November 17th 2013. On their World Prematurity Day Facebook page, one could find all information how to get involved. Watch their video on youtube and see which building in Australia lit up in purple! #LightItUpPurple
Lil Aussie Prems Foundation
The Lil Aussie Prems Foundation took part in the National Premmie Foundation's ‘Light It Up Purple’ campaign for World Prematurity Day. Anyone could join by wearing purple and purchasing a National Premmie Foundation candle and lighting it in their own home at 7pm on November 17th 2013. They were asking parents to put their "now and then" photos on their Facebook page using templates such as “I am the face of prematurity” and then to share these photos with their friends who share them with their friends and so on.
Loddon Mallee Kids (LMK)
In 2013 LMK was "Pounding the Pavement for Prems" again as a celebration of World Prematurity Day, a fantastic fun family day, and to fundraise for new equipment and better support for precious premmies and their families in Australia. LMK took also part in the National Premmie Foundation's ‘Light It Up Purple’ campaign for World Prematurity Day.
PIPA (Preterm Infant's Parent's Association)
Queensland Parliament House lit up purple at 17 November, World Prematurity day, to honour all Queensland Babies born too soon, born too small , born too sick. PIPA would like to thank the Queensland Premier Campbell Newman for his support. They were also asking parents to put their now and then photos on their Facebook page using templates such as “I am the face of prematurity” and then to share these photos with their friends who share them with their friends.
The Premmie Promise Foundation
The Premmie Promise Foundation took part in the National Premmie Foundation's ‘Light It Up Purple’ campaign for World Prematurity Day. Anyone could join by wearing purple and purchasing a National Premmie Foundation candle and lighting it in their own home at 7pm on November 17th 2013. They were asking parents to put their now and then photos on their Facebook page using templates such as “I am the face of prematurity” and then to share these photos with their friends who share them with their friends.
Yasminah's Gift Of Hope
Yasminah's Gift Of Hope was taking part in the National Premmie Foundation's ‘Light It Up Purple’ campaign for World Prematurity Day. Anyone could join by wearing purple and purchasing a National Premmie Foundation candle and lighting it in their own home at 7pm on November 17th 2013. They were asking parents to put their now and then photos on their Facebook page using templates such as “I am the face of prematurity” and then to share these photos with their friends who share them with their friends.
Eine Handvoll Leben
The Austrian parent organisation organised a meeting for preterm babies and their families for World Prematurity Day at November 16.
Dr Arefin, Deputy Director, SNL and Save the Children lead a discussion on Twitter about prematurity – challenges and solutions in Bangladesh for World Prematurity Day.
Opleiding Vroedkunde KAHO Sint Lieven in partnership with VVOC (Vlaamse Vereniging voor Ouders van Couveusekinderen)
The “Bachelor in de Vroedkunde” (“Bachelor of Midwifery”) students and staff at the KAHO Sint-Lieven of the St. Nicholas Hospital in collaboration with the parents association VVOC collected babies’ socks to raise awareness of the topic. Their intention was to exhibit 5837 socks for World Prematurity Day to represent the 5837 Flemish babies born premature in 2012.
VVOC (Vlaamse Vereniging voor Ouders van Couveusekinderen)
Belgium parent organisation VVOC organised a Family Day for families of premature babies in Herselt, Belgium. Families of premature babies between 0-12 years of age could enjoy a fun afternoon and meet in the indoor playground “De Snepkens” to celebrate World Prematurity Day on November 17.
CHU St Pierre
The NIDCAP Training Center (CHU St Pierre) in Brussels was having activities going on throughout the whole of November 17 for World Prematurity Day. There were videos on prematurity and NIDCAP approach were broadcasted in all waiting and public rooms of the Hospital. Panels with informations on prematurity, outcomes and parents associations were placed at the main entrance to the establishment.
Prematuridade.com is Brazil's first internet hub dedicated to inform and support the families of preterm babies. Prematuridade.com prepared special actions for the World Prematurity Day to become increasingly recognised in Brazil. They were calling people to take part in what they are calling #NovembroRoxo, meaning Purple November". They asked families to wear purple on the big day (17th), to take pictures and submit them to Prematuridade.com, so that they could make a great panel of supporters. More than just wearing purple, the goal was to make people aware of the increasing number of premature births and the impact they have on the baby, on the families and on society. It was also a time to discuss the quality of the treatment preemies have been receiving here and how humane it has been. They also created a T-shirt exclusively for the date which were very succesful.
Furthermore, during the whole month they will be releasing important information about prematurity prevention ans statistics about it in Brasil. For your infomation, they will be using these channels to do such actions:
Our Premature Children
For World Prematurity Day and SOCKS FOR LIFE “Our Premature Children” were holding a “baby socks drawing contest”. The drawings had to include a baby sock (or more than one). The aim was to attract as many participants as possible to draw baby socks. Schools and institutions working with children were asked to participate but everyone was welcome to take part in the competition. For a selection of the artwork submitted go to the Our premature children – Facebook fanpage. Prizes for the winners included a coffee machine, a photo session and a school bag with school supplies. Further, illuminations in purple were planned for World Prematurity Day on the November 17 as well.
Our Premature Children – Varna
They celebrated World Prematurity Day for the second year in a row at Varna. The parent group “Our premature children” organised a discussion on the topic "Premature babies - from a difficult start to a happy childhood". The meeting was attended by health professionals, psychologists, lactation consultants and specialists in early childhood development as well as parents. The entrance of Sea Garden, a symbol of the city, was lit purple as part of the global illumination initiative as well as the building of the Mall Varna Towers. Furthermore, they let hundreds of balloons fly into the sky in support of preterm infants and their families.
"Dr. Ivan Seliminski" – Hospital in Sliven
At November 12, in support for preterm children, there was a charity bazaar taking place at the "Dr. Ivan Seliminski" – Hospital in Sliven for World Prematurity Day. The event was organized by the “Our premature children” foundation, together with the neonatal staff of the hospital. The funds raised throughout the day will be used for purchasing equipment and supplies needed by the NICU in Sliven.
The "Canadian Premature Babies Foundation-Fondation pour Bébés Prématurés" (CPBF/FBPC) acts as a share point of World Prematurity Day activities in Canada. For World Prematurity Day, families and NICU/ICN staff across many Canadian provinces planned awareness raising events and several landmarks were illuminated in purple across Canada. For example, the Niagara Falls were illuminated in purple on World Prematurity Day on November 17 to honour all babies born prematurely. Another Ontario landmark, the CN Tower in Toronto was lit up again, organised by NICU Parent Partner and Family Members of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. There was a vigil held at the CN tower at sundown on November 17. The beautiful Muttart Conservatory Pyramids in the City of Edmonton was illuminated in purple on November 17 as well as the Langevin Bridge and Riverwalk in Calgary. Find out more about World Prematurity Day activities taking place in Canada here.
ASPREM was calling all families to participate in a family walk. Wearing a green T-shirt on November 23 families showed their support for preterm infants. Celebrities, such as Luis Jara, a Chilean singer and actor or Mauricio Pinilla, a famous Chilean professional footballer and father of a preterm baby, support the parent organisation ASPREM and their campaign “ponte la camiseta por los prematuros”.
Home for Premature Babies
The Chinese parent organisation celebrated World Prematurity Day. Find out more about their activities at their website (in Chinese).
Klub roditelja nedonoscadi "Palcici" was celebrating World Prematurity Day in seven Croatian cities: Zagreb, Split, Osijek, Dubrovnik, Cakovec, Pula and Rijeka. They were a variety of activities in each Croatian city to promote awareness for preterm born children and their families. As part of their celebrations they launched their first Croatian book about premature babies in partnership with Mosaic books.
For World Prematurity Day, they put up a virtural awarness raising event on Facebook to inform general public about their activities. People could join this event by sharing the invitation among friends, sending donation short text messages or participating in collections for maternity hospitals. Parents were encouraged to share photos, videos or stories of their preemies. In return, every “participating baby” received a “before-and-now” photo presentation. BabyKlokánci also made this wonderful video for World Prematurity Day:
There was a mass taking place for preterm infants and their families at November 17 in Jihlava.
Dansk Præmatur Forening
For World Prematuriy Day, the Dansk Præmatur Forening’s activity was named "Til de sma minder", which means "For the small things to remember". Neonatal departments all over Denmark received a package of fold-yourself boxes to give to families. While the children are in the hospital, the boxes can be used to store all the small things and loose ends like footprints, notes, cards, diaries etc. When the families come home, they can add the small socks, first bodystocking, pacifiers and papers. The precious memories are saved for when the children get older. Nothing gets lost or forgotten. Included in the package was a thank you to all the personnel who help our families when the children are born prematurely.
In Ethopia there was a large media campaign taking place for World Prematurity Day. The topic of prematurity was brought to national attention by being featured on several national television shows as well as being broadcasted on the radio and in newspapers.
Wellmark Health OÜ
They started the week on November 12, when there was an opening ceremony of the sculpture „Mother and child“ in the Tallinn Childrens Hospital. Sculptor Tauno Kangro donated the bronze statue to the hospital.On November 15 a conference „The impact of prematurity to the child, family and society“ was held in Tallinn. It was joint conference of the Estonian Paediatric Society and premature infants' parents. Approximately 400 participants took part. On November 17, there was charity concert in Kaarli Church, Tallinn. Performers were popular Estonian artists. The whole ticket revenue went to charity to support premature children and their families. The church was decorated with purple light inside and outside. All these events and charity activities organized by Wellmark Health OÜ. Wellmark is a health marketing agency in Estonia and cooperates with patients, professionals, charity funds and supporters.
Keskosvanhempien yhdistys Kevyt
Kevyt was organising a brunch for the preterm families and neonatal nurses for World Prematurity Day in Helsinki. The event was organised together with "The Finnish Society of Neonatal Nurses" and they were expecting to have around 80 participants. During the brunch there was a lecture on the preterm infants’ motoric development and info sessions on both associations. During the event there was a nomination of "Finland’s preemie influencer of the year" and Kevyt launched their new logo.
There were other World Prematurity Day events organised around the country and HopLop, an inside playground company, was offering a 50 % discount for the entrance fee for preemies. In Jyväskylä the local Preemie association was offering coffee for the families currently in the local hospital and for the nurses.
Association of Neonatologists of Georgia
World Prematurity Day was celebrated November 17 at the Neonatal Conference in Tbilisi. The conference was organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Tbilisi State Medical University, and the Healthcare Professional League on the topic of prematurity. The conference called the Georgian Parliament to tackle prematurity due to its vast outcomes, not only medical but also social and economic.
Alb Fils Kliniken
For World Prematurity Day at November 17, they offered a seminar on how to take care of a preterm infant.
The hospital in Merseburg invited preterm infants and their families to join a reunion for World Prematurity Day on November 17.
Freundes- und Förderkreis Klinikum Ernst von Bergmann e.V.
The children’s hospital „Ernst von Bergmann“ in Potsdam, next to Germany’s capital city, invited all interested to join on Sunday afternoon, 17 November, to get to know more about preterm birth. Next to a photo exhibition, four art objects were exhibited within the context of the campaign SOCKS FOR LIFE. A short movie about the development of a preterm infant was also shown. Delicious cakes were offered – the returns are donated for the preemies in the hospital
There was a balloon release and meeting for preterm infants and their families at November 17 for World Prematurity Day taking place in Erfurt. Each balloon had the name of a preemie written on and was released with well wishes.
The German organisation was celebrating World Prematurity Day on November 17. They encouraged people to produce SOCKS FOR LIFE artwork which will be exhibtited in Stolzenau and Nienburg.
Perinatalzentrum der Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin des Städtischen Klinikums Dessau
For World Prematurity Day the clinic was organising an information event around preterm children. There were guided tours as well as informative talks talking place at November 17.
For World Prematurity Day, for the third time, the hospital Saarbrücken invited all families of preterm babies who were born in the past five years at the hospital to come together to exchange ideas and celebrate this special day. Nursing staff and parent are meeting regularly once a month to talk in a discussion circle. Parents were informed about their work while the little ones had fun with a balloon artist.
Verein für Frühgeborene und kranke Neugeborene Schwarzwald-Baar
There was a ballon release and meeting for preterm infants and their families at November 17 for World Prematurity Day.
“Das Frühchen e.V. Heidelberg“
German parent organisation “Das Frühchen e.V. Heidelberg“ celebrated World Prematurity Day at November 17 at the Heidelberg Castle (“Heidelberger Schloss ”). There was a press reception with talks on the situation of preterm infants in the NICU, later on in school and in adult life. The speeches were followed by the opening of a photo exhibition and the presentation of SOCKS FOR LIFE artworks. There was music and a children’s programme as well as the purple lightening of the castle by nightfall.
Klinikum Karlsruhe, die Initiative Frühchentreff Karlsruhe e.V. and Kindertagesstätte „Klinikzwerge“
For World Prematurity Day there was a lantern procession taking place, followed by an autumn bonfire in front of the children’s hospital at November 13. They wanted to raise awareness and give preterm children a voice.
Harl.e.kin - Nachsorge für früh- und risikogeborene Kinder
The “Extrachor“ Hemau had a benefit concert taking place at World Prematurity Day on November 17. The concert took place at the Chapel of the Klinik St. Hedwig (hospital St.Hedwig) in Regensburg and all donations were given to Harl.e.kin, an organisation incorporating follow-up care for preterm and risk-prone infants.
The Children's Clinic of the University Hospital Essen was organising a SOCKS FOR LIFE art exhibition alongside the der Stiftung Universitätsmedizin (Foundation University Medical Center) for World Prematurity Day. Former premature babies and their families created art around the topic of socks. The exhibition run from November 15 to 22 at the Town Hall of Essen.
Förderverein Frühstarter Datteln e.V., Perinatalzentrum Datteln, die Vestische Kinder- und Jugendklinik & St. Vincenz-Krankenhaus Datteln
In Datteln the consortium of Förderverein Frühstarter Datteln e.V., Perinatalzentrum Datteln, die Vestische Kinder- und Jugendklinik and St. Vincenz-Krankenhaus Datteln were organising a SOCKS FOR LIFE exhibition for World Prematurity Day. From the 13 November onwards there was a photo exhibition of preterm infants wearing little socks. The pictures have been taken by Tanja Seine, a nurse and photo designer. Some of them will be available to be bought as post cards during Christmas time. Further, an artwork by artist Rolf Jahn will be exhibited.
Rosenheimer Nachsorge and RoMed Klinikum Rosenheim
The Rosenheimer Nachsorge, the aftecare organisation of the RoMed Hospital in Rosenheim celebrated World Prematurity Day at November 17. There was a SOCKS FOR LIFE exhibtion and and a silent auction. Furthermore, there were talks given about preterm babies and their aftercare. On top, there was a big raffle with great prices to be won.
LittleBigSouls, the international not-for-profit organisation incorporated in the UK and Africa, was organising their LittleBigSouls Annual Awareness Walk for Preemies on Saturday, 16th November 2013 flagging off from Cleaver House through principal streets of Accra. This year’s theme is “Walk for Love to Save a Life”, and everyone was invited to join the walk towards World Prematurity Day in honour of the one million premature babies who die every year.
Ilitominon sent out World Prematurity Day posters and leaflets to every NICU in Greece in the time leading up to World Prematurity Day. They also created an open Facebook Group (Friends of Ilitominon) to gather as many votes as possible for the “ene, mene, mini.” voting to support the “Call of Action”. Their main WPD event took place at November 23 and was organized by Ilitominion and Porta Theatre Studios in Athens. The event was for families of preterm infants and the children took took part in a drama workshop with Flora Spyrou (actress and teacher) and Daphni David (actress and psychologist), while their parents had the opportunity to be informed about the latest news/actions of Ilitominon and EFCNI. The event was under the auspices of the HellenicNeonatal Society and proved to be successful.
There was a photo contest taking place to promote the organisation and the upcoming World Prematurity Day. Furthermore, there was a lecture series taking place nationwide on the topics of prematurity and its prevention. A nationwide media campaign shed light on the topic and raised awareness. At November 17, there was a daylong event taking place in Szeged which was organised by KORE and the Szeged Newborn Lifesaving Service, where there were lectures, panels and presentations given.
World Prematurity Day was celebrated in Indonesia by taking part in the WPD Twitter relay and using Social Media to draw attention to the topic of prematurity.
Irish Premature Babies
For World Prematurity Day they were holding a number of designated coffee mornings throughout the country that people could pop along to. The coffee mornings could take place on Friday the 15th, Saturday the 16th, Sunday the 17th or Monday. The charity forwarded a pack with the usual tea/coffee and some extra goodies that they know previous hosters of the coffee morning have loved. For World Prematurity Day the charity have alsp launched two information booklets for parents. One booklet is on" Rights & Entitlements" and the other is on" Weaning your premature baby". Both booklets will be published and both will be available on their website.
Irish National Children's Healthcare Charter
For World Prematurity Day there was a launch of Ireland's first ever Children's Healthcare Charter at November 20. The Charter is the product of nearly 2 years collaborative consultation between healthcare service users and providers. Their next step is to work towards implementing the Charter. The charter was also featured at the Children in Hospital Annual lecture in the Royal College of Surgeons.
National Neonatal Transport Programme Committee
To mark the programme being about to be extended to a 24/7 there will be a Breakfast Conference on November 15 to celebrate the launch of the 24 Hour Neonatal Ambulance Service in Dublin. The event coincides with World Prematurity Day. The meeting is being opened by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald.
LAHAV – For The Premature Babies in Israel
The Israeli parent organisation launched a national media-campaign for World Prematurity Day.
There was a symposium "Prematurità: prevenzione, cura, famiglie" takting place for World Prematurity Day in Firenze at November 19. Furthermore, there were many activities taking place upfront WPD, such as a SOCKS FOR LIFE competition and awareness raising activities. Also, the Palazzo Loggia in Brescia and other buildings in Italy were illuminated in purple for World Prematurity Day.
Piccino Picciò Onlus
The parent organisation lit up purple the Fountain of Neptune in Piazza della Signoria – Florence for World Prematurity Day at November 17. They were also hosting an SOCKS FOR LIFE photography exhibition as well as knitting and collecting tiny socks. For their arts exhibition, they also were given a sculpture by Paolo Staccioli, a signe team kit of the Italian national football team and socks designed by stylist Roberto Cavalli. Furthermore, they hostet a convention about prematurity on November 19.
The association for neonatology presented an awarness campaign about prematurity at a press conference on November 11 in Reggio Calabria. For World Prematurity Day there were more activities taking place, for example an information both in the city about prematurity as well as a local media campaign. hey broadcasted a spot during the football match Reggina-Palermo (Italian 2nd division). There was also a theatrical show “Chiamatemi per nome. Lo spazio bianco” taking place about prematurity. A concert-documentary about prematurity was also broadcasted on the main local TV channel and they organised visits in the NICU by local cultural and sports guests to raise awarness. There was an art exhibition taking place about preterm children as well as an auction whose proceedings will be donated.
Intensamente coccolati ONLUS
The parent organisation in Milano organised a party in the NICU with the families of preterm infants for World Prematurity Day. They also offered guided tours through the NICU.
The parent organisation in Monza organised a conference about prematurity (“Accoglienza del neonato prematuro”) for World Prematurity Day.
Nati per Crescere ONLUS
For World Prematurity Day they organised a charity concert at November 17 in Vittoria. The parent organisation in Ragusa also illuminated three landmarks in purple (Teatro Comunale di Vittoria, Chiesa di San Vincenzo Ferreri and the Ragusa hospital) for World Prematurity Day. They also had an information point at Ragusa hospital and another one at Fiera Campionaria di Ragusa.
Nati per vivere
The parent organisation in Brescia illuminated the “Palazzo Loggia” for World Prematurity Day. The also had information points about prematurity at the hospital and organised a party for preterm infants and their families.
The Tyrol parent organisation organised a World Prematurity Day event for November 17 at the Hospital in Bozen. They had put up a miniture NICU in the foyer for people to see what it is like to be a premature baby. They had activities going on for preterm children and their families as well.
The parent organisation in Catania organised a press conference with local media for World Prematurity Day. They also offered guided tours through the local NICU.
The organisation in Lecce had organised celebrations and prayer at Istituto Filippo Smaldone for World Prematurity Day.
Cicogna sprint ONLUS
In Genova, there was a convention about prematurity (“Una nascita straordinaria”) taking place with their information point.
Il pulcino ONLUS
In Padova they put up an information point about prematurity for World Prematurity Day and donated socks to several NICUs in the Veneto region.
Il coraggio di vivere ONLUS
The parent organisation put up an information point about prematurity at the local hospital in Mantova and also donated socks to the NICU. Furthermore, they had a press conference on how to donate to the C. Poma Hospital.
The organisation in Como had put up information points at the hospital and in the city for World Prematurity Day.
They organised a conference about prematurity for World Prematurity Day in Messina.
Soccorso rosa-azzurro ONLUS
In Napoli the parent organisation organised a party at the NICU for World Prematurity Day.
Io arrivo prima ONLUS
The parent organisation in Alessandria had a representation of the play “La gabbianella e il gatto” take place for World Prematurity Day.
Patrizia Funes ONLUS
They hosted two conferences about prematurity (“Incontro sulle misure preventive, cliniche e strumentali nella minaccia di parto prematuro” and “Assistenza al neonato prematuro nella zona del Lecchese, della provincia di Sondrio e dell'Alto Lario) for World Prematurity Day. Furthermore, the had guided tours through the NICU and organised a music therapy workshop (“Canta che ti sento”) for preterm infants.
Piccole Stelle Versilia ONLUS
The parent oraganisation in Viareggio put up an information point about prematurity at Versilia hospital. They also had an information point during the “Paolo Calissi” artistic gymnastics competition with Andrea Cingolani and Elisabetta Preziosa (both in Italy's national gymnastics team) as testimonials.
In Kenia there was a media campaign taking place for World Prematurity Day. The topic of prematurity was brought to national attention by being featured on national television as well as being broadcasted on the radio and in newspapers. Furthermore, Social Media was used to draw attention to the topic of prematurity.
In Latvia, 17 November was celebrated with some events and activities in Riga:
The Lithuanian parent organisation Neišnešiotukas motivated all parents to join their campaign “knit thumbelina!” and knit socks for preterm babies. In Vilnius at the theatre, on November 17, the organisation invited to a celebration with a theatre play and the traditional balloon flight for preterm babies.
They celebrated two days for World Prematurity Day. At first, they celebreted this day in 15 of November in VŠI LSMUL KMULK Neonatology Clinic. They donated small woolen socks to parents of newborn infants and thanked the health professionals for their efforts to save their children‘s life. Furthermore, they celebrated a mass at November 17 for preterm born infants. They had also organised an evening concert.
The principal secretary of the Ministry of Health kicked off the World Prematurity Day event followed by a UNICEF representative who spoke on behalf of all the partners – over 150 people attended the event. A family with two premature babies talked about the value of KMC in helping their babies survive the early days of life. There was also entertainment. Prior to the event, officials visited Bwaila Hospital to talk to officials about how prematurity is the leading cause of newborn deaths in Malawi.
Con Amor Vencerás
Con Amor Vencerás invited the public to take part in the photography contest for World Prematurity Day. Participants were able to share their view about premature birth as well as help to raise awareness about the topic of prematurity. The best pictures were shown on November 14. Furthermore Con Amor Vencerás took part with "Volando por los prematuros" at the “El Festival Internacional del Globo en León” from the 15 – 18 November. There was a World Prematurity Day event taking place at November 17 at Mexico City.
The Dutch organisation had illustrator Anke van der Meer design their World Prematurity Day poster. They were sending the poster to Dutch hospitals to put up for November 17. Furthermore, they were holding a competition on their Facebook page at November 17, where participants had the chance to win of three Kleine Kanjers World Prematurity Day posters.
Amphia-ziekenhuis in Breda
The hospital in Breda celebrated World Prematurity Day with SOCKS FOR LIFE.
Red Nicaragüense de la Prematuridad
The parent support group Red Nicaragüense de la Prematuridad launched its Facebook support page days leading up to WPD and shared information with the Nicaraguan online community about the risks of preterm labor, neonates and the risks they face, and the importance to raising awareness of premature babies and their families in developing countries in order to improve survival and demising lifetime disabilities.
For World Prematurity Day, there was a press conference taking place with the Director, Family Health Department, Federal Ministry of Health for World Prematurity Day in Abuja. Furthermore, there were community visitations taking place in the Jahi2 community and Daki Biyu Community-FCT in Abuja.
As pre commemoration of World Prematurity Day there were SMS sent out to 100,000 mobile numbers of top officials from the National Primary Healthcare, Federal Ministry of Health Directors, Regulatory bodies, Professional Associations, Partners, CSO’s, Stakeholders, Media houses and the general public. The aim and objective of the Bulk SMS was basically to increase awareness on the importance of Skin-to-Skin contact- to point out the effectiveness of Kangaroo Care in helping babies born too soon survive and get them healthy.
There was also radio show taking place with Wazobia FM 99.5 hosted by Save the Children Nigeria’s Newborn Adviser, Dr. Manuel Oyinbo, and other Newborn Health experts from the Federal Ministry of Health, Silver Lining for the needy initiative and other experts as they sensitized the public about preterm babies and their high chances of survival reaching 18 million listeners.
There was a presentation taking place on evidence based interventions to reduce neonatal mortality in Pakistan at the NUST University, Islamabad. The presentation was attended by over 200 participants and lead by the Ministry of National Health services with support from Save the Children, USAID and the WHO. UNICEF sent letters to leading TV channels encouraging them to promote World Prematurity Day and produce special related programmes.
Fundacja Wczesniak Rodzice-Rodzicom
The Polish parent organisation was organising a variety of events for World Prematurity Day. There were illuminations taking place in purple at November 17. They also encouraged hospitals to take part in their celebrations by putting up socks lines to symbolise the one baby in ten who are born prematurely. They also acted as a share-point of activities for World PrematuriyDay by Polish parents and showcase them on their website and Facebook page. They also organized an exhibition on the topic "They too were premature" which aimed to show parents that even though their children might have a difficult start in life, they are also able to grow up healthy and strong. The xhibition consisted of 12 posters with preemies currently at Warsaw NICUs compared to famous people who were born prematurely.
XXS Associação Portuguesa de Apoio ao Bebé Prematuro
XXS – Associação Portuguesa de Apoio ao Bebé Prematuro celebrated World Prematurity Day in Portugal and by giving away “Mimos XXS” to families with premature babies in NICUS. They were given small pure cotton tissues to encourage bonding and strengthen ties between the parents and the baby who was born premature and is still hospitalised.The tissue is worn on the skin of the parents and then put into the incubator to have the baby experience the smell of the parents. They also approached two very famous Portuguese citizens, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mariza, and had them ask for "ene, mene, mini." votes on their Facebook pages.
Pais Prematuros organised a celebration on Thursday, 14 November together with the NICU of the hospital centre of the Algarve on. A second celebration was held on November 17 in the Church of St. Louis. Interesting presentations, music and food were available. Pais Prematuros distributed all sponsored food and hygienic articles for preterm babies that participants could donor to families who are in need of Christmas gifts.
One and One & Micolino
On November 14, starting at 11.00, the Association "One and One" and Micolino organised an event aimed at bringing parent, prospective parents, health professionals, NGOs, online media, print, television, bloggers, artists in a less formal setting ( cafe The Institute) together and gave them the opportunity to celebrate, both, the official launch of the association, and the announcement of SOCKS FOR LIFE to raise awareness about preterm birth and its consequences.
BABY CARE SIBIU
They celebrated World Prematurity Day at the Spitalul Clinic Judecean de Urgenta Sibiu together with the preterm babies in the NICU at November 17. Doctors, nurses and psychologists as well as premature parents will give advice about childcare, nutrition and the development of preterm children. There were also celebrations taking place at Carrefour Sibiu.
"Vladmama" supported by the Health Department of Primorsky Krai
Vladivostok became the first Russian city to celebrate World Prematurity Day in 2009. They have continued celebrating it ever since each year in November.
Bryansk Oblast Children's Hospital
The hospital celebrated Word Prematurity Day on November 15 by having a balloon release with preterm infants and their families.
There was a round table taking place about premature infants, their care, care problematic and continuing care. Obstetricians, neonatologists, pediatricians and parents took part in the discussion at the Scientific Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology Academy VI Kulakov at November 16. They also had take place a telephone conference with perinatal centers in Kursk, Ekaterinburg, Surgut and other cities. They celebrated World Prematurity Day afterwards with music, refreshments and entertainment. The day ended with a balloon release.
Mali Div - dece rodjene udruženje prevremeno roditelja Srbije
In preparation for World Prematuriy Day, they launched the book ”Born too soon - the diary of fear and hope” by Olivera Zivaljevic at the Belgrade International Book Fair, at the end of October. All funds from the selling of the book will be donated to the parent organisation “Mali Div”.
On November the 17, many preterm children and their families put up sock lines in their homes, dressed in purple and raised awareness about the importance of World Prematurity Day. Furthermore, members of “Mali Div” knitted small socks and donated them to the hospitals in Novi Sad and Uzice. On top of the middle part of the Serbian Parliament, and the bridges in Belgrade and Novi Sad were lit purple during the night of November 17.
On November 22, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra dedicated their concert to the “Mali Div” as part of the World Prematurity Day celebrations to raise awareness about the issue of prematurity. This year, “Mali Div” has celebrated World Prematurity Day together with the local preterm infants parents association of Novi Sad “Optimistik”.
Institut za neonatologiju, Beograd
The institute for neonatology in Beograd is putting up sock lines for World Prematurity Day.
The Cozy Project
They organised a World Prematurity Day event with facepaint booth and many other fun activities for preterm children and their families at Changi City Point. They were raising funds for the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital Health Endowment Fund – Preemie Fund, and the money is going towards helping the babies and their families to better cope with the weight of the hospital bills. The Singapore Flyer in Singapore also lit up in purple on November 17.
Nasmalicek Obcianske združenie malícek
The Slovakian parent organisation organised a World Prematurity Day event in Bratislava, where engaged people won a “Purple heart award”. A press conference took place as well. Also, Bratislava castle shone purple for all children born too soon, for their parents and for the people with big open hearts, assisting them.
This year LittleBigSouls celebrated World Prematurity Day in partnership with Dora Nginze Hospital in Port Elizabeth, one of the biggest capacity Government hospitals in South Africa responsible for the care and management of pre-term and sick babies and mothers within their Neonatal Unit. The choice of Dora Nginze is particularly important as LittleBigSouls in its mission commends the Hospital for the hard work of the team of neonatologists led by Dr Khan, nurses and clinicians at Dora Nginze Hospital within the Neonatal Intensive Unit. Their efforts provide an inspiring example of what could be achieved in other hospitals across the continent particularly in their medical interventions such as CPAP on the continent and the provision of practical Kangaroo Care support to Mothers and Babies affected by Preterm Birth.
Pelonomi Neonatal Department
For World Prematurity Day, the Pelonomi Neonatal Department (Free State) printed special t-shirts in light purple with the words "World Prematurity Day" printed on the shirt.
The Universitas Hospital Bloemfontein
For World Prematurity Day, the Universitas Hospital in Bloemfontein held an event and disseminated information about prematurity through a newsletter.
Cape Town Grootte Schuur Hospital
The Newborns Trust launched their new LITTLE by LITTLE fundraising campaign in November which is aimed at raising funds to expand their Neonatal Unit at GSH. They also promoted the “Wear Purple for Preemies Day initiative”. They also organised a media campaign which encouraged people to donate R10 to the Newborns Trust and wear Purple and a LITTLE by LITTLE sticker on November 15 for World Prematurity Day. Furthermore, the Grootte Schuur Hospital was lit purple on November 17 for World Prematurity Day.
For World Prematurity Day the Spanish organisation AVAPREM was raising awareness for prematurity and the challenges of families with a variety of events in the region of Valencia:
Prematura invited everyone who was interested to join the celebration for World Prematurity Day at San Juan de Dios Hospital in Barcelona on 15 November 2013. Experts were invited to talk about critical aspects affecting families of preterm infants and a roundtable for parents was organised. At Vall d’Hebron Hospital there was an action day for families of preterm infants: crafts, clowns and storytelling for children. Presentations will be given and snacks served for the families.
Swedish Prematurförbundet, Lilla Barnets Fond, Network “Kraft att växa”
Did you know that 6,500 children a year are born prematurely in Sweden? On November 18 the Swedish Prematurförbundet held a great afternoon seminar on preterm children's conditions under the title "A good start - a tough life!" in Stockholm for World Prematurity Day. There were over 90 participants taking place and a video of the confernce can be watched here.
For World Prematurity Day the parent organisation is going to bring treats to the NICU in Göteborg.
South Africa and the United Kingdom, together with UNICEF, The World Health Organization (WHO), The Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), UNFPA and Save The Children co-hosted an event which brought together more 50 participants to discuss the actions needed by all stakeholders to prevent and care for babies born too soon. It also provided an overview of the Every Newborn action plan for missions and other stakeholders in Geneva.
Swiss Prematurity Network
The Swiss parent support group, Swiss Prematurity Network, asked its members to raise awareness by talking to friends and sharing information about World Prematurity Day and its significance, as well as to participate by displaying a sockline on their apartment windows. With the support of the group, the NICU at the Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG) gave the current families with neonates a total of 50 white roses, and to the nurses 50 pink roses to show support and appreciation.
In Tanzania there was a media campaign taking place for World Prematurity Day. Furthermore, Social Media was used to draw attention to the topic of prematurity.
The Stakeholder Dialogue on ‘Improving Survival for Babies Born Too Soon with Proven Approaches to Care’. was organized by Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF, WHO, University Research Council, CIDI, National Newborn Steering Committee, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Coalition, USAID. The event included testimony from a mother of preterm baby who practiced Kangaroo Mother Care and commitments from various stakeholders towards improving survival of newborns, particularly preterm babies, including the Parliamentary forum on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health that committed to lobbying for the inclusion of health as a human right in the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and to include advocacy for the survival of preterms, saying that they had never paid attention to premature born babies and their contribution to neonatal mortality.
World Prematurity Day fell before the scheduled launch of the ‘A Promise Renewed’ by the Government (26th November), therefore the commemoration of the WPD was seen as a pre-event leading to the ‘A Promise Renewed’ launch. The key stakeholder dialogue, which was the main event for commemorating World Prematurity Day 2013 in Uganda, was preceded by a number of activities, which are listed below:
Bliss, the UK charity for premature and sick babies, celebrates World Prematurity Day this year under the theme “Give a hug”. The story behind is that many parents of preterm babies can’t hug their baby for days or even weeks. Parents can send in their picture with this theme, let it be a picture of the first hug or kangaroo mother care – there is even a digital camera to win. On Sunday 17th, the London Little Lights Walk will take place to raise awareness for the most little ones. Bliss will also participate in the global twitter chat and invites all parents to join with #GiveAHug.
This year, AUPAPREM, the parent organisation in Uruguay joins the celebrations for World Prematurity day. They mobilize hospitals to hang up socks lines in their departments and families of these little fighters to hand in little socks telling their name, week of gestation of birth and weight of birth.
A discussion on the prevention and care of preterm births took place at the UN Headquarters on Friday, 15 November. The event was cohosted by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations and USAID. It specifically presented links between the Every Newborn action plan and Every Woman Every Child, garnering support for the global movement for newborns. This event was also be screened live on UN Web TV and will include participation from GAPPS, March of Dimes, World Vision, UNICEF and the UN Foundation. HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, an advocate for maternal and newborn health took part in the event and the audience heard from the experiences of a family affected by prematurity.
USAID/MCHIP, the SNL program and CORE Group
A technical symposium took place in the SC office in DC on Tuesday, 19 November in Washington, DC. It was co-hosted by USAID/MCHIP, the SNL program and CORE Group. The symposium brought together over 150 participants in person and online, and was designed to engage members of the RMNCH community to discuss strategies for strengthening country programs for the prevention of preterm birth and the care of babies born too soon. Discussion focused on what the international community can do to improve the effective delivery of technical interventions.
NICU – Shumen
In Shumen, the NICU celebrated its 35 anniversary on November 15. The event brought together many guests including the governor, representatives of the hospital as well as many parents and children born in the NICU. There was a discussion on the topic of “Challenges of prematurity” with experts neonatologists from Northeastern Bulgaria and a representative of the "Our premature children" foundation taking part.
The March of Dimes
At World Prematurity Day, the March of Dimes raise awareness about premature birth by inviting fans, families and volunteers to send their friends a "virtual hug" through Facebook and other social media sites to show that they care about premature babies. The "Hugs" campaign dramatises the benefits of Kangaroo care, when parents cuddle their premature baby skin-to-skin. Also on November 17, the Empire State Building in New York City will be shining in purple light to symbolise hope for a healthy start for more babies.
In the lead up to World Prematurity Day, South Africa and the United Kingdom, together with UNICEF, The World Health Organization (WHO), The Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), UNFPA and Save The Children co-hosted an event which brought together more 50 participants to discuss the actions needed by all stakeholders to prevent and care for babies born too soon. It also provided an overview of the Every Newborn action plan for missions and other stakeholders in Geneva.
As a kick-off start for World Prematurity Day 2013, “Newborn Health - a challenge for Europe”, a conference at the European Parliament, brought together panelists from a variety of national and professional backgrounds. Patient representatives, health experts, academics from different Member States and WHO met at the table to discuss the impact maternal and newborn health have has on Europe’s aging societies. At the same time, they showed possible ways how Member States could meet these challenges together. We warmly thank MEP Mariya Gabriel for hosting the Workshop and all speakers for their inspiration and strong messages. We were particularly proud that the Bulgarian and French parents groups came as speakers to the event.
Nacer Temprano-VIVIR EN GRANDE
Nacer Temprano-VIVIR EN GRANDE is a project that seeks to improve the quality of life for preterm children and their families in Mexico and Latin America. They act as a share-point for transnational activities for World Prematurity Day in Latin America. You can access a list of Latin American participants here.
The NIDCAP Federation International
For World Prematurity Day on November 17, the NIDCAP Federation International (NFI) would like to recognizs the incredible NIDCAP care that is happening all around the world. In tribute to the families, nursery staffs and hospitals that provide ever more sensitive and nurturing care, they created a NFI 2013 World Prematurity Day poster for sharing and posting.
November 17 is World Prematurity Day (WPD), a chance to raise awareness about the topic of prematurity on local, national and international level. Join in and show your support for preterm children, together with parents’ organisations, associations, societies, healthcare professionals as well as companies and individuals.
We are delighted to provide a World Prematurity Day poster in 32 languages for free.
We warmly invite you to use the poster and adapt it with your logo and your chosen text for your World Prematurity Day activities but please do not remove the official logos provided on the materials. Please do not alter the visuals without asking EFCNI for advice first. The posters are write-protected apart from the yellow highlighted sections. The yellow colouring will disappear as soon as the file is printed.
If you are a company:
We ask for your understanding that only EFCNI corporate partners, or companies supporting or collaborating with parents organisations for World Prematurity Day can show their logo on the poster. Please discuss with your parents organisation how you can support and how to use the World Prematurity Day poster together.
You are looking for more inspiration or ideas for your World Prematurity Day event? Please have a look at a toolkit in eight languages providing you with useful tips and templates on how to organise activities or events to support preterm infants’ cause at www.socksforlife.org.
Please download the poster for free in your language:
Warmest thanks to Chao-Huei Chen, Wakako Eklund, Erik Shinwel, the Croatian parents organisation Palcici, and the company Dräger for their help in translating the poster text into the additional languages Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Hebrew and Russian.
Thanks to the EFCNI premium partners AbbVie, Nestlé Nutrition, PerkinElmer and Dräger for supporting the creation of the campaign poster for World Prematuity Day 2013 and the company COMEO for the design and their valuable support.
International celebrity, Celine Dion lends her voice to support World Prematurity Day around the world. Watch the video to view the Celine Dion public service announcement about World Prematurity Day and how you can become involved.
A global social media outreach is aimed at increasing awareness of preterm birth, evoking compassion for preterm babies and a desire to address the problem. To reach people around the globe and create a surge of awareness, we need the support and engagement of all partners.
Here is the link to the global World Prematurity Day Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/worldprematurityday
Worldwide, one baby in ten is born premature: Every year, about 15 million (data from 2012) children are born too early - 500,000 alone in Europe. Thus, preterm babies represent the largest child patient group and their number continues to increase, even as the total number of births is steadily decreasing. This means that not only does Europe have a huge influx of vulnerable newborns each year, but also the number of so-called "ex-preterms" is steadily increasing.
As these infants grow, they do so with a higher risk of learning and behavioural disabilities, cerebral palsy, sensory and motor deficits, infections, chronic respiratory and cardiovascular diseases or diabetes compared to their full term counterpars.
Despite this high number and the risks involved, public is only hardly aware of the prevention of preterm birth and the problems and risks involved in the development of a preterm infant.
17 November 2008 - the idea was born
EFCNI initiated the first meeting of the European Parents’ Organisations in Rome, Italy. During this meeting, the representatives decided to create an awareness day for preterm infants and their families. 17 November was spontanously chosen because this day has a very special and emotional meaning for one of EFCNI’s founders: After the decease of his preterm triplets in December 2006 he became father of a healthy born daughter on 17 November 2008. At the same time March of Dimes, an American charity organisation for preterm and newborn infants, had a similar idea and launched a Prematurity Awareness Day on 17th November in the USA likewise.
17 November 2009 - first International Prematurity Awareness Day
Became the first International Prematurity Awareness Day and was celebrated with a multitude of events by EFCNI and its European partner organisations.
17 November 2010 - second International Prematurity Awareness Day
Besides the US-organisation March of Dimes, the African organisation “LittleBigSouls” and the Australian “National Premmie Foundation”, both members of the "Global Alliance" started to join the celebrations of the second International Prematurity Awareness Day.
17 November 2011 - first World Prematurity Day
This date seemed to be meant for uniting and jointly launching the first ever World Prematurity Day. On this day, all those involved in pregnancy and childbirth want to draw attention to the concerns of preterm babies and their families.
For the first time the Global Alliance, initiated a Facebook website in order to jointly draw attention to the World Prematurity Day. Interested and concerned people found and will continue to find further information on prematurity and have the opportunity to actively state their interest: http://www.facebook.com/WorldPrematurityDay.
17 November 2012 - second World Prematurity Day
World Prematurity Day gains a wide exposure and many countries pledge to take further steps in order to reduce preterm mortality. EFCNI revived its “Socks Line” campaign. The campaign poster featured a socks line and slogan: “One baby in ten is born premature. Worldwide.” and was available in 26 European languages.
Please follow us to the different years on top of this page to find some of the past activities and events that took place on and around 17 November.