World Prematurity Day 2015

 

On 17 November 2015, we celebrated the 5th World Prematurity Day. We are proud and grateful that, since its first celebration by EFCNI and its partnering parent organisations, 17 November has grown into one of the most important dates to raise awareness for the challenges of preterm birth.

In 2014 more than 100 countries participated in activities, and more than 60 countries planned special events. Estimated 1.6 billion people around the globe were reached. Last year, we placed the children, our true “little heroes”, into the centre of our activities to show that behind every number, there is a personal story. Warmest thanks to all of you who joined in.

We warmly thank everyone who celebrated World Prematurity Day 2015 with us, raising awareness on the global burden of preterm birth and making a difference for preterm infants!

This year, World Prematurity Day featured the year-round and worldwide campaign Socks for Life, giving a voice to preterm infants, and also visualising all those who are making a difference for preterm babies and their families.

It is easy to join the global movement. No matter how much time, money or manpower you have to spare, there are many ways to celebrate World Prematurity Day. On this website, you will find material, and a toolkit with inspirational ideas and tips what you can do to honour World Prematurity Day. 

Your contribution, however small it may seem, is important. It helps preterm infants around the world and adds strength to the global voice. 

If you organised an event for World Prematurity Day, please send us a short summary together with some photos to info@efcni.org. This way, we can feature your activity on our website. In addition, you can enter your activity and the difference you make on the EFCNI Changemaker Map in your native language. Once added, your input will stay on the homepage and can be read by many people around the world.

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A selection of World Prematurity Day activities in 2015

Warm thanks to everyone for sharing all these wonderful activities for World Prematurity Day 2015 with us. We present you here below a selection of WPD activities. If you would like to include your activity or event for 2015, please email us a short summary and photos.

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In collaboration with international parent organisations, EFCNI created a video for World Prematurity Day 2015.

Image: Workshop European Parliament Brussels (c) EFCNI

EFCNI

  • Workshop on Maternal and newborn health - shaping Europe's future at the European Parliament in Brussels, hosted by MEP Dr Angelika Niebler and MEP Dr Peter Liese, 10 November 2015.
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Image: Neonatal Conference Bratislava, Slovakia (left to right): Jarmila Sestrienkova, Maria Palencarova, Dasa Skritekova, Karolina Maderova, Iveta Jancokova, Silke Mader (c) EFCNI
  • Neonatology Conference in collaboration with Slovakian organisation Malicek in Bratislava, Slovakia: Neonatology Conference on the occasion of World Prematurity Day 2015, talk by EFCNI Chairwoman Silke Mader, charity event and purple illumination of Bratislava Castle, 12 - 13 November 2015.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 campaign (c) Miracle Babies Foundation

Australia

  • Miracle Babies: Miracle Babies created informative factsheets for World Prematurity Day and started the successful Facebook campaign "I am one in ten. Born .... weeks premature."
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) National Premmie Foundation
  • National Premmie Foundation: The National Premmie Foundation started a Facebook campaign this year and encouraged parents of preterm babies to share their memories in a photo collage. Many parents created beautiful mashups showing the early beginning of their children's life and how they grew up. Additionally, people were able to purchase your very own candle for their Light It Up Purple campaign.
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Image (c) Kleine Helden Initiative für Früh- und Neugeborene/lichtbildnerei.at

Austria

  • Kleine Helden Initiative für Früh- und Neugeborene: Open NICU day at University Hospital in Graz, lectures about preterm birth and the hospital's NICU. Additionally, people were invited to visit the unit and to get insights in the field of neonatology.
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Image: Balloon World Prematurity Day event 2015 (c) Tirolkliniken, University Hospital Innsbruck
  • University Hospital Innsbruck: Second Preemie Meeting (Frühchen-Treff). Eighty children, who were born preterm, and their parents participated in this year's celebration and games. Each child received a balloon with the World Prematurity Day logo. Like last year it was again a great event.
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Image: Round table on World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Save the Children - The Daily Star

Bangladesh

  • The Daily Star, Save the Children, USAID, Unicef, World Health Organization, Icddr,b, Bangladesh Neonatal Forum BNF, Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP): Joint programme, round table on World Prematurity Day 2015 at The Daily Star Centre in the capital Dhaka. Participants included physicians, public health officials, representatives from government bodies, UN agencies, development organisations and NGOs.
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Image: CoCopus (c) RZ Heilig Hart Tienen

Belgium

  • CoCopus/Regional Hospital Heilig Hart, Tienen: This organisation that crochets octopuses for preterm infants, organised a workshop at the neonatal unit of Regional Hospital Heilig Hart in Tienen, Belgium.
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Image: Logo (c) Neonatal Unit Cliniques de l’Europe/Europa Ziekenhuizen
  • Neonatal Unit team of Cliniques de l’Europe/Europa Ziekenhuizen: Maternity and Neonatology Units were decorated with a purple theme. Booth in the lobby to inform about the work and vision of the neonatal unit and about preterm birth, prevention, and healthcare.
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Image: Congress on Maternal Health (c) Néonid Belgium
  • Néonid: Congress on maternal health, event at NICU at Saint-Pierre University Hospital following the theme follow-up of preterm infants.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg (ZOL)
  • NICU at Hospital Oost-Limburg (ZOL), Genk, NICU at Hospital Saint-Vincent, Rocourt, supported by AbbVie: Launch of family coaching programme.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) PBF Premature Baby Fund and CHC Liège
  • PBF Premature Baby Fund and CHC Liège Hospital: For World Prematurity Day, the Premature Baby Fund and the CHC Liège Hospital supported the very first multimedia project for a follow up of parents after the hospital stay. The project allows parents to continue support in form of videos sent to their email from the day they are discharged to the child's sedond birthday. Different TV stations and press were there to capture the moment for the launch of this great initiative.
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Image: World Prematurity Day (c) University Hospital UZ Leuven
  • University Hospital UZ Leuven, Campus Gasthuisberg: Information session and stand with information about neonatology department in UZ Gasthuisberg and other projects as KOOZ, breastfeeding, pain.
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Image: Congress Groeien doe je samen (c) Vlaamse Vereniging voor Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VVOC)
  • Vlaamse Vereniging voor Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VVOC): Congress Groeien doe je samen, presentation of new flyer and brochure, festive donation of this support at the University Hospital Brussels. The VVOC also provided World Prematurity Day posters to neonatal units in over 80 hospitals, and gave 1200 presents to preemie parents, the activities were promoted by a social media campaign.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) VVOC/Antwerp University Hospital
  • VVOC/Antwerp University Hospital UZA: Special World Prematurity Day decoration with famous socks line.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) VVOC/Erasmus Hospital, Brussels
  • VVOC/Erasmus Hospital, Brussels: Special World Prematurity Day decoration with famous socks line.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) VVOC/Hospital Heilig Hartziekenhuis, Lier
  • VVOC/Hospital Heilig Hartziekenhuis, Lier: Special World Prematurity Day decoration with famous socks line.
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Image: Family Day (c) Hospital Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg
  • VVOC/NICU at the Hospital Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg (ZOL), Genk: Family celebration day for all children that were ever recorded at the NICU, and their parents, big event, special masks and face painting for children. ZOL launched an app for parents to monitor their preterm born child under the age of 2 years. Presentation of the online tool "Stap voor stap" for parents of preterm born babies. This online platform allows parents who are dismissed from hospital with their baby, to have access online to information, newsletters, tips from the hospital and care they were familiar to.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) VVOC/University Hospital Saint-Luc, Brussels
  • VVOC/University Hospital Saint-Luc, Brussels: Special World Prematurity Day decoration of the neonatal unit with famous socks line.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) VVOC/Hospital Center University Di Tivoli
  • VVOC/Hospital Center University Di Tivoli: Special World Prematurity Day decoration with famous socks line.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) VVOC/Hospital Sint-Rembers, Torhout
  • VVOC/Hospital Sint-Rembers, Torhout: Special World Prematurity Day decoration of the neonatal unit with famous socks line.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Hospital de La Mujer Dr Percy Boland Rodriguez

Bolivia

  • Department of Neonatology of the Hospital de la Mujer Dr Percy Boland Rodriguez: World Prematurity Day celebrations together with families of preterm newborns and health professionals of the hospital to raise awarenes for preterm birth and for the care teams of preterm babies. In a great ceremony Oscar Urenda, the health secretary of the government, honoured all children, families and professionals of the hospital.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Our Premature Children

Bulgaria

  • Our Premature Children: Illuminations of multiple buildings in Bulgaria. The parent organisation Our premature child turned NPC, Yambol, Veliko Tarnovo, the Sophia Ring Mall, and the Mall Largo Blagoevgrad, purple in support of preterm children in Bulgaria. Additionally they launched the first booklet for premature babies in Bulgaria, an online platform and organised several TV participations and interviews.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CAISM - Unicamp/Instituto Abrace

Brazil

  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CAISM - Unicamp/Instituto Abrace: 17 research centers were united to disseminate the largest study to prevent preterm delivery in Brazil. On World Prematurity Day wheels several conversations with pregnant were formed throughout the country, radio, TV, newspaper and magazines broke the news. The study Pessary Plus Progesterone to Prevent of Preterm Birth - P5, lasting two years provides tracking more than 30,000 pregnant women in the country.
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Image: Senator Aécio Neves received the Executive Director of Prematuridade, Denise Suguitani (c) Prematuridade
  • Prematuridade: Senator Aécio Neves received Executive Director of Prematuridade, Denise Suguitani, to talk about public policy for premature babies. Other activities: Everyone dressed in purple with special designed shirts, new information on the homepage about prevention, risk factors and statistics, talks about prematurity, donations for diapers and hygiene items to NICUs of the region. The city Miracema in Rio de Janeiro officially integrated World Prematurity Day in their calendar.
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Image: BC Place Vancouver (c) Canadian Premature Babies Foundation

Canada

  • The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation: Lighting buildings and monuments purple to raise the profile and increase awareness of prematurity in the hope of decreasing these numbers greatly. The famous Niagara Waterfalls, the BC Place, and many other famous buildings were glowing purple. The foundation also started a campaign including the famous socks line.
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Image: Team Nedoklubko at gala event for World Prematurity Day 2015 at Palace Zofin (c) Nedoklubko

Czech Republic

  • Nedoklubko: Gala Charity event at Palace Zofin in Prague, more than 600 charity evening guests, among them 150 NICU nurses and doctors, and 70 preemie families. Purple Heart Awards.
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Image: Costanera Center, Chile (c) Neovidas

Chile

  • Neovidas: 3-day workshop with Dr Saroj Saigal, author of the book Preemie Voices, local awareness campaign called #suluchaempiezaantes (which means: their fight starts earlier), lighting purple the skydeck of Costanera Center, the tallest building in Chile.
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Image: Poster World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Asprem
  • Asprem: Facebook campaign, inviting preemie parents to share pictures of their children to show how they have grown up.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Klub roditelja nedonoscadi PALCICI

Croatia

  • Klub roditelja nedonoscadi PALCICI: Special events and a great awareness campaign in the capital where families were invited to talk, play and celebrate together.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Palcici Split
  • Palcici, Split: Awareness campaign and celebration, created purple shirts, children and families celebrated together to raise awareness for the smallest.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Friends of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (FNICU)

Cyprus

  • Friends of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (FNICU): Celebrations the whole WPD week including various events and action. On 16 November they honored Dr Andreas Hadjidemetriou, Founder Of Cyprus’ NICU and previous Director of the NICU and Perinatology Association, key speaker Dr Apostolos Papageorgiou, a famous Cypriot neonatologist. Bike race, social media campaign and call to action to wear purple, celebrations in several NICUs. Students from UCLan Cyprus organised a coffee and cake sale to support the parent organisation. Illumination of the Hellenic bank in purple on WPD and everywhere the famous socks were included.
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Image: Packages of scent clothes (c) Dansk Præmatur Forening

Denmark

  • Dansk Præmatur Forening: The organisation sent packages of scent cloths to all neonatal units for the mothers to wear and then place in the incubator with their baby.
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Image: Shared stories on Facebook (c) Landsforeningen Præmatures Vilkar
  • Landsforeningen Præmatures Vilkår: Social media campaign on Facebook - call to parents of preterm babies to share stories.
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Image: Illumination (c) Tallinn Children's Hospital

Estonia

  • Tallinn Children's Hospital: World Prematurity Day activities at Tallinn Children's Hospital; illumination of the hospital, joint-meeting of the parent organisation and hospital's personnel, different interviews in media.
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Image: Violin concert East Tallinn Central Hospital (c) Karmo Koppel
  • East Tallinn Central Hospital, Maternity Clinic: The Perinatal Centre was illuminated in purple light, wonderful stairconcert with little violinists Magic Strings from Collegium Educationis Revaliae (Old Town Educational College). A great Estonian pastry-cook Kertu Lukas made a warming surprise to all preemies parents in the hospital. Voluntary people gave new incubator covers with warm wishes to little babies.
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Image: World Prematurity Day activities (c) Kevyt

Finland

  • Kevyt – Association of Premature Babies’s Parents: Stunning lightings in Turku Energia and the city of Turku by illuminating the purple color of the River Aura Library passing over the bridge, purple lighting of Logomo and Family House Heideken. Lahti Energia lit up the radio masts and Jyväskylä illuminated Builder's House in the city center. Pori violet light shone in the shopping center Bepopin trade corridor. Outokumpu, illuminating the old mining tower violet.
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Image: World Prematurity Day activities (c) Kevyt
  • Kevyt – Association of Premature Babies’s Parents: Walk of purple lights at Helsinki around Töölö Bay.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 event (c) Association MLL:n Turun keskosperheet ry
  • Association MLL:n Turun keskosperheet ry, Turku: Event for families with preterm born children including several lectures on care of preterm children in Finland. A clown was entertaining children. Kirjastosilta bridge over Aurajoki river and Culture Center Logo was light up in purple.
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Image: Finnish World Prematurity Day 2015 logo (c) EFCNI
  • Local group of preemie parents, Jyväskylä: World Prematurity Day party, children's singing, and further activities like face painting. Local companies donated lottery prizes. Lighting candles and moment of remembrance at the end of the evening to remember and honour babies who have passed away. Buildings in the city centre, in Lahti, and in Outokumpu were illuminated in purple.

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Image: Finnish World Prematurity Day 2015 logo (c) EFCNI
  • Local group of preemie parents, Pori: World Prematurity Day celebration, opening speeches, special photographer for preemies with purple lighting, party in the new childrens' and womens' hospital playing area, family prorgramme including mascots playing with children, face painting, making handicrafts, and snacks.

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Image: Information booth at Hospital Roche-sur-Yon (c) SOS Préma

France

  • SOS Préma: Information booths at various hospitals (Brest University Hospital, Caen Hospital, Hospital Roche-sur-Yon, Hospital Hôpital de la mère et de l'enfant Limoges, University Hospital Saint-Etienne/Romans Hospital), booth at congress Salon du bébé et de la famille, Montélimar, festive matinee in Niort, knitting and sewing clothes for preterm children, Zumba evening in Niort, animated programme in Saint-Etienne, dance party, kitchen workshop with preemie parents, and charity dinner at restaurant in Bordeaux.
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Image: Photo exhibition University Hospital Bordeaux (c) SOS Préma
  • SOS Préma/Bordeaux University Hospital/Brest University Hospital/Caen University Hospital/University Hospital Saint-Etienne: Photo exhibitions on preterm birth.
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Image: Nice University Hospital Bordeaux (c) SOS Préma
  • SOS Préma/Nice University Hospital: Information booth, photo exhibition and sensorial experience programme.
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Image: University Hospital Toulouse (c) SOS Préma
  • SOS Préma/University Hospital Toulouse: Information booth and celebrations of 10-year implementation of NIDCAP-programme together with healthcare professionals of University Hospital Toulouse.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Vygon
  • Vygon: Information events at various Vygon subsidiaries, explanation of medical devices to parents, snack shared with parents and medical staff.

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Image: Announcement Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Perinatal Centre Main-Kinzig-Kliniken/Gelnhausen

Germany

  • Perinatal Centre Main-Kinzig-Kliniken/Gelnhausen: Annual celebration of World Prematurity Day with families.
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Image: Logo WPD 2015 (c) EFCNI
  • Ilm-Kreis-Kliniken Arnstadt: Information event about preterm born children and babies with illnesses, 17 November 2015.
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Image: Mini-Symposium (c) University Hospital Bonn
  • University Hospital Bonn: Mini-symposium on Born too soon?, 17 November 2015.
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Image: Official handover of NIDCAP certificate, Professor Christian Poets, Martina Schürg, Natalie Broghammer (left to right) (c) Children's Hospital Tübingen
  • Children's Hospital Tübingen: Inaugural celebration and opening of the first NIDCAP training centre in German speaking countries, invitation of families of preterm babies to an afternoon coffee and information session. We congratulate Professor Christian Poets, Martina Schürg, the first German NIDCAP-trainer Natalie Broghammer and the entire team to the opening of the NIDCAP training centre.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 illumination (c) Charité, Berlin
  • Charité, Berlin: The Hospital Charité Berlin shone in purple colour on World Prematurity Day. Dr Christoph Bührer, head of the neonatology, gave interviews to regional newspapers and TV (rbb) to talk about preterm birth in Germany and around the globe and to draw attention to the needs of parents.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 poster (c) Bundesverband Das frühgeborene Kind e.V.
  • German Federal Association Das frühgeborene Kind e.V.: Information campaign on 10 good reasons for applying kangaroo care in the NICU.
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  • Fulda Hospital, Neonatal Unit H21, and Association Seestern e.V.: Information event on preterm birth, 17 November 2015.
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Image (c) EFCNI
  • Hospital Hanau: Hospital Hanau organised an information afternoon event and a tour around the maternity unit on World Prematurity Day. Additionally, they wrote an article about preterm birth and statistics.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) HELIOS Hospital Erfurt
  • HELIOS Hospital Erfurt: Balloon action on World Prematurity Day.
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Image: Heidelberg Castle (c) Verein zur Förderung von Früh- und Risikogeborenen Das Frühchen e.V. Heidelberg
  • Verein zur Förderung von Früh- und Risikogeborenen Das Frühchen e.V. Heidelberg: For the third time, the Heidelberg Castle shone purple on World Prematurity Day. 
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 with comedian DONIKKL (c) Dritter Orden Children's Clinic Passau
  • Dritter Orden Children's Clinic Passau: Versatile family and children's programme including face painting, handicrafts, quiz, flea market, and live performance of comedian DONIKKL.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Das Frühchen e.V. Reutlingen/Klinikum am Steinenberg Reutlingen - Kreiskliniken Reutlingen GmbH
  • Perinatal Centre at Hospital am Steinenberg, Reutlingen/Association Frühchen e.V. Reutlingen: Balloon action at lunchtime on World Prematurity Day. For each of the preterm born children of this year a balloon was symbolically sent into the heaven. This year there were 150 children who were born preterm. Selling of waffles for the good cause and purple lighting of town hall.
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Image (c) EFCNI
  • University Hospital Leipzig: Information meeting and fruitful discussions with parents, former and currrent patients.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Enyiresi Government Hospital Ghana

Ghana

  • Enyiresi Government Hospital: Declaration ceremony to raise awareness for preterm babies, medical doctors, nurses, pharmacist and other health professionals from the various units in the hospital came together and declared their support for preemies and their families. Participants pledged that nothing will hold them back in carrying out their lifesaving duties.

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Image: Live concert in Athens with Vassilis Babaniaris (c) Ilitominon

Greece

  • Ilitominon: Live concert in Athens with Vassilis Babaniaris, a pop/rock singer, to raise money for milk banks. At the concert, a preemie mom and a former preemie were awarded for their fundraising activities. Celebration in the city of Patras in collaboration with the NICU of the University Hospital of Patras and Municipality of Patras. Celebration at the NICU of General Hospital Alexandra in Athens. Ilitominon’s President spoke at breastfeeding seminar organised by the neonatal unit of Attikon General Hospital, Athens. World Prematurity Day posters and knitted blankets, socks and caps were sent to Greek NICUs.
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Image: Budapest Eye on World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Koraszülöttekért Közhasznú Egyesület (KORE)

Hungary

  • Koraszülöttekért Közhasznú Egyesület (KORE): Organised by KORE, multiple buildings turned purple for preemies on World Prematurity Day, including Palace of Arts in Budapest, Budapest Eye, and the Water Tower Nagyerd. In addition, celebrations with families and their children with clowns, musicians and painting and a sewing day took place where people made 100 NICU nests, sheets and more than hundred Developmental Hearts.
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Image: Family Day (c) Koraszülöttekért Közhasznú Egyesület (KORE)
  • Koraszülöttekért Közhasznú Egyesület (KORE): Family Day on World Prematurity Day, special programme for children and parents.
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Image: Octo Project (c) Koraszülöttekért Közhasznú Egyesület (KORE)
  • Koraszülöttekért Közhasznú Egyesület (KORE): Hand crafting of special textiles, tiny clothes, nests; Octo Project.
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Image: Illumination Chain Bridge Budapest (c) Melleted a helyem
  • Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you: Celebrations in various NICUs around Hungary. Numerous neonatal units organised an open day on World Prematurity Day, doctors and nurses wore purple clothes or ribbons to the honour of premature babies, their families and professionals in neonatal care. The wards and their tiny residents were celebrating in purple as well. Melletted a helyem talked about the needs of preterm babies and their families in TV and on political events. Numerous official papers, blogs, news websites, TV reported about the event. Additionally, the organisation initiated the purple illumination of the famous chain bridge in Budapest and the Castle Ruins of Tettye.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Melletted a helyem
  • Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you: Many people and rural NICUs engaged in the photo and social media campaign, e.g.: Debrecen, Gyor, Tatabánya, Veszprém, Kecskemét. Melleted a helyem received pictures of children and their parents dressed in purple clothes. The word about preemies reached the most hidden corners of our country, groups of kindergarten and school classes dressed in purple clothes in respect for preterm babies.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Melleted a helyem/1st Department of Pediatric Clinic of Semmelweis University
  • Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you/1st Department of Pediatric Clinic of Semmelweis University: Charity breakfast with the help of enthusiastic parents, and grandparents. The clinic started singing throughout the decoration process with Tímea Hazay who is the founder of the so called Ringató Alapítvány (Rocking Foundation with the help of music therapy).
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Melleted a helyem/2nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Semmelweis University
  • Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you/Perinatal Intensive Care Unit, 2nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Semmelweis University: Purple cake with small footprints. Everyone could witness joyful and touching moments. The nurses of the department prepared gifts of small baby sole footprints of all the infants currently staying in the department, giving a lifetime memory for all the babies and their parents.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Medical Center of Hungarian Military Hospital
  • Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you/Medical Center of Hungarian Military Hospital: Celebration of the tiniest with a charity afternoon tea and snack and playhouse. Radio Kossuth aired its 2 hours daily broadcast called Closer live from the NICU of the Military Hospital. They went to the delivery room as well, and talked to parents of those babies who have been currently treated in the department and those of former prematures, and health care professionals as well.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Melleted a helyem/Peter Cerny Neonatal Emergency Ambulance Service
  • Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you/Peter Cerny Neonatal Emergency Ambulance Service: The Peter Cerny Neonatal Emergency Ambulance Service was celebrating not just the World Prematurity Day, but their 27th birthday as well with the parental delegation of Melletted a helyem. Babies were given self-made clothes and blankets and a cake.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Melleted a helyem/Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Pécs
  • Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you/Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Pécs: The healthcare professionals of the NICU held a huge celebration for premmies and their parents. The departent here also sang together with the Ringató Foundation.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Ringató Hungarian Music Education Foundation, Ringató Szekszárd/Bonyhád
  • Ringató Hungarian Music Education Foundation, PIC Ringató programme: Hungarian families with young children celebrated in around 200 venues throughout the entire Ringató community, in Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, UK (London), Austria (Vienna) and Germany (Frankfurt). Dressed in purple clothes and with tiny socks, they sent a message to preterm babies and families: we are thinking of you, we are singing for you!
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Image (c) Children’s Medical Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Maliheh Kadivar

Iran

  • Children’s Medical Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences: World Prematurity Day celebrations at the NICU with nurses, physicians and neonatal parents. Education about prematurity, importance of prematurity, and care of preterm infants for parents with clips and pamphlets, decoration of incubators and warmers with balloon, greeting cards for admitted preterm babies in the NICU and welcome message for parents in the entry of NICU. Photo exhibition, special decorations, ribbons with small socks. Beautiful interactions between NICU staff and parents, article about the event in medical newspaper and magazin, social media and online campaign, special cards for parents of preterm infants.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Moheb Yas Women's Hospital
  • Moheb Yas Women's Hospital: Parents, nurses and physicians were welcomed with coffee, tea, and pastry in the hospital ward. Special posters were installed on the walls.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Valiaser Hospital Tehran
  • Valiaser Hospital Tehran: The Valiaser Hospital in Tehran, Iran organised a special celebration together with NICU families, nurses physicians and midwives.

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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Irish Neonatal Health Alliance

Ireland

  • Irish Neonatal Health Alliance: Illumination of 15 sites in and around Dublin.
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Image (c) Irish Neonatal Health Alliance
  • Irish Neonatal Health Alliance: Launch of new website www.inha.ie, a patient information leaflet called 10 Things To Know About The 1 In 10. Launch of Ireland's first ever Model of Care for Neonatal Services. Raising awareness of Family Centred and Developmentally Supportive Care.
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Image (c) Irish Neonatal Health Alliance
  • Irish Neonatal Health Alliance: The INHA delivered hampers to the 19 NICUS in Ireland containing e.g. preterm baby clothing, incubator linen, quilts, kangaroo care sweaters, incubator covers, journals & pens, boxes of chocolates and WPD postcards for every family in the NICU.
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Image: Social media campaign image (c) Irish Premature Babies
  • Irish Premature Babies: Coffee morning, social media campaign, inviting parents to send pictures of their preterm children, special Facebook graphic templates.
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Israel

  • Lahav organization for the premature infants: Public awareness campaign and charity concert.
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Image (c) Santa Maria Nuova Hospital- Reggio Emilia-Italy

Italy

  • NICU Santa Maria Nuova Hospital- Reggio Emilia-Italy: In Reggio Emilia the Calatrava bridge and fountain in Piazza della Vittoria shone purple. The threads of socks at the ward's entrance and the sweet music of the harp accompanied the entrance of sisters, brohers, parents, and grandparents.
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  • Ospedale dei Bambini-ICP: Open NICU day, information and awareness event on World Prematurity Day.
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Image: Castello dell Imperatore Prato (c) Vivere Onlus
  • Vivere Onlus: Purple light campaign M'illumino di viola which united people all over Italy in raising awareness on NICUs, preemies and their families, nurses, and doctors. Conference about prematurity. Party for little heros and families. Film "Piccoli così" by Angelo Marotta about life in the Nicu and press conference about the events for World Prematurity Day
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Image: Family event at Hospital Santo Stefano di Prato (c) Piccino Picciò Onlus
  • Piccino Picciò Onlus: Sensibilisation campaign, family afternoon events with families of preterm children (e.g. at Hospital Santo Stefano di Prato). Purple lighting of buildings (e.g. castle of the emperor, fountain of Neptune, Piazza Della Signoria, Florence, in collaboration with the municipality of Florence), charity dinner, fundraising activities (e.g. calendar 2016), discussions and screenings of the movie Piccoli Così by Angelo Marotta.
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Image: Cheryl Porter & Hallelujah Gospel Singers (c) San Bortolo Foundation
  • San Bortolo Foundation/Being Moms in Vicenza: Concert of famous singer Cheryl Porter & Hallelujah Gospel Singers at the Municipal Theatre of Vicenza on the occasion of World Prematurity Day, lighting of important buildings, Monte Berico and Municipal Theatre.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Children's Clinical University Hospital Riga

Latvia

  • Children's Clinical University Hospital Riga/Latvian Neonatal Society: Open event/symposium on World Prematurity Day for all parents with preterm babies at Children's Clinical University Hospital, speeches from specialists (neonatologists), hearty music from different musicians, moments for talks.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Al Jala Gynecology and Obstetric Hospital Tripoli

Libya

  • NICU at Al Jala Gynecology and Obstetric Hospital Tripoli: The NICU at the Al Jala Gynecology and Obstetric Hospital organised an event on World Prematurity Day, where attendees received an idea of WPD and its aims. Professionals held lectures on diferent topics concentrating on the actual work and problems in Al Jala NICU. They included the NICU statistics regarding preterm birth, a presentation about challenges of preterm babies and their families.

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Purple lighting government lithuania

Lithuania

  • Neišnešiotukas: Inviting public to knit for the smallest heroes: Knitting at Cat Caffee; Lighting of the popular oak tree "Dainuojancio Ažuolo" for the second time; Lighting of Lithuanian government building in purple.
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Purple lighting government lithuania
  • Padedu augti: Lighting of Kaunas city hall brigher than ever (for the third year).
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) LULKA - Association for care and education

Macedonia

  • LULKA - Association for care and education: Public event, LULKA stand in the biggest mall in Sopje. They invited parents and their children, to have a chat and to discuss their point of view, their needs, what they think should be changed or made better in the care of preterm babies and write them into a book. In addition, doctors and nurses arranged a socks line and promotional posters at the hospital. The event was seen by almost 2000 people, around 500 brochures for prematurity were given to interested visitors and were also shared online.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Special Hospital for Gynecology and Obstetrics Skopje/LULKA - Association for care and education
  • Special Hospital for Gynecology and Obstetrics Skopje/LULKA - Association for care and education: On World Prematurity Day, the popular socks were placed at the door of neonatology at the hospital for gynecology and obstetrics in Skopje by the staff as a symbol of support for preterm babies and their families.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) University Malaya Medical Centre

Malaysia

  • University Malaya Medical Centre: Public event for parents with their preterm children. The programme: Opening presentation and World Prematurity Day 2015 celebration TINY MIRACLES. Tiny Miracle Graduates. Special performance, cake cutting and prize giving ceremony.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Jimena Cid del Prado Fotografía/Asociación Mexicana para padres de niños prematuros A.C. Pequeño NuNu

Mexico

  • Asociación Mexicana para padres de niños prematuros A.C. Pequeño NuNu: Campaign S.O.S. 1/10 Bebés Prematuros, series of activities regarding prematurity, family-centred care, improvement of maternal health, kangaroo care. Social media campaign. Distribution of information material, lighting of different monuments, fountains and important buildings in México in cooperation with medical companies, political and local institutions, social volunteers, and parents in particular. Activities in the capital and all over México (in collaboration with local partners), Nicaragua and Ecuador (participated for the first time).
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Asociación Mexicana para padres de niños prematuros A.C. Pequeño NuNu
  • Asociación Mexicana para padres de niños prematuros A.C. Pequeño NuNu: Public walk (Segunda Caminata Familiar Canguro Prem) to raise awareness and inform about the benefits of kangaroo care.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Con Amor Vencerás
  • Con Amor Vencerás: On World Prematurity Day the 4th Symposium of Prematurity took place jointly organised by the National Institute of Pediatrics and Con Amor Vencerás. Additionally, multiple building shone in purple colour including the Chamber of Deputies, the post office building, the Hospital for Gynaecology and Obstetrics, the Monumento a la Revolucion, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, and the Palacio de Lecumberri in Mexico City. There were also multiple reportages on TV and Con Amor Vencerás was invited to speak in a radio broadcast. Juan Cantu El Arabe, a famous racing car driver, dressed in puple and children got signatures and could sit into a real racing car. Social media campaign.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Hospital Regional López Mateos ISSSTE/Asociación Mexicana para padres de niños prematuros A.C. Pequeño NuNu
  • Hospital Regional López Mateos ISSSTE/Asociación Mexicana para padres de niños prematuros A.C. Pequeño NuNu: World Prematurity Day decoration with famous socks line.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) UMAE Hospital Gineco-Obstetricia No.3
  • UMAE Hospital Gineco-Obstetricia No.3: The UMAE Hospital in Mexico celebrated World Prematurity Day and let hundreds of purple balloons fly into the sky in support of preterm infants and their families.
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Nepal

  • Save the children Nepal: On the occasion of World Prematurity Day on November 17, two doctors opened up a information session about their preterm births, the need to spread awareness about prematurity, and how simple information can save precious lives.
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Image: Wereld prematuren dag 2015

Netherlands

  • Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VOC) in collaboration with Kleine Kanjers, Prilleven, and Earlybirds: Kick-off meeting at Sophia Children's Hospital, movie premiere, presentation of new (incubator) diary for parents, announcement of winner of Richard the Leeuw Price, 16 November 2015.
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    Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VOC): Presents for parents of NICU babiese.g. a a mirror parents can use during kangaroo care, a little bird for children to hold and calm them, hand cream and the new diary. A bakery will donate a special WPD cake for the NICU staff, special photo shooting for parents and their children, opening of new neo café, 17 November 2015.
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  • All over the country: lllumination of five buildings in the Netherlands in purple, November 2015.

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Image: (c) Erasmus MC
  • Erasmus University Medical Center: Celebration and Presentation of pictures of the children who were born in this unit (one year ago but also 35 years ago). The children gave an interview on the dutch radio.

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Image: SuperPower campaign (c) Kleine Kanjers, Netherlands
  • Kleine Kanjers: Online campaign, encouraging people to change their social media profile pictures into the SuperPower pictures, November 2015.
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Image (c) EFCNI
  • Abbvie Netherlands in collaboration with Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VOC): Internal awareness campaign at Abbvie Netherlands office, WPD banner at office entrance, purple carpet on the floor, 16 to 21 November 2015.

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Image: Christchurch International Airport (c) The Neonatal Trust New Zealand

New Zealand

  • The Neonatal Trust New Zealand: Participated in Lighting Up Purple New Zealand and illuminated countless famous buildings and monuments for 17 November 2015 - e.g. Christchurch International Airport, New Plymouth Clock Tower, Regent Theatre in Palmerston North and many more..
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Nigeria

  • LittleBigSouls (Nigeria): Handover of some medical stuff at Dora Nginza Hospital in Port Elizabeth. Lightning of Bolingo hotel in Abuja, Nigeria.
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Image: Illumination of statue Kepler Star, Oslo Airport (c) Prematurforeningen

Norway

  • Prematurforeningen: Illumination of statue Kepler Star at principal airport, Oslo Airport, 10 to 17 November 2015 and many other buildings and monuments including worlds most northern building Skoringen up in Tromsø
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    Events at children's Centre an Ullevål; Ålesund Hospital; St.Olavs hospital and Drammen sykehus.
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Image: World Prematurity Day in Oman (c) Sultan Qaboos University Hospital

Oman, Sultanate of

  • Sultan Qaboos University Hospital: First participation in World Prematurity Day ever. The NICU of the said hospital featured 20 booths that featured multiple researches done in the unit for developmental care of preterm born infants. The celebration was featured in the local newspaper making awareness of premature births a nationwide campaign.
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Image: Illumination of center of culture and science, Warzaw (c) Fundacja Swiadomi Rodzice

Poland

  • Fundacja Swiadomi Rodzice: IIllumination of the palce of culture and science in Warzaw.
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Image: I'm a hero (c) Fundacja Wczesniak Rodizice-Rodzicom
  • Fundacja Wczesniak Rodzice-Rodzicom: Public events at some hospitals and poster project I'm a hero: Several poster showing former preterm babies how they are today, wearing a purple hero cape.
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Image: Parents' day in Portugal (c) XSS - Associacao Portuguesa de Apoio ao Bebé Prematuro

Portugal

  • XSS - Portuguese Association for the Support of Premature Baby: Public Health Institute of the University of Porto (ISPUP) held a public meeting on the issue of prematurity.National and international research projects regarding improvement in the construction of adequate and effective response to the challenges that are inherent to prematurity were published. Book "Living prematurity", written by journalist Claudia Pinto, with the editorial coordination of ISPUP was released, too. Part of the book sale value will revert to the Premature Parents Association and the XXS - Portuguese Association for the Support of Premature Baby.
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Image: illuminated castle Guimaraes (c) Associacao Pais Prematuros
  • Associacao Pais Prematuros: Parents day at the hospital: Snack break and exchange of experiences. Lighning of the castle and serveral other buildings in and around Porto and Guimaraes. TV feature on RTP.
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Image: book presentation (c) ISPUP
  • ISPUP - Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto: Presentation of the book Viver a Prematuridade (Living Prematurity)
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Image: Poster campaign (c) Unu si Unu

Romania

  • Unu si Unu: Organisation installed a call center for parents, in collaboration with SOS Préma. On World Prematurity Day there was a sensorial theatre to suggest guests how is it to be born before time. After this experience guests were told about how parents can benefit from the call center with multidisciplinary professionals.
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Image: Two of the NICU graduates (c) Baby Care Sibiu
  • Baby Care Sibiu: NICU graduates were offered a photo session with pictures from the NICU hospitalization: a video was created using the photos. More than 150 photos were taken.
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Image: Two of the NICU graduates (c) Baby Care Sibiu

Russia

  • Children's hospital Irkutsk: Visitors of perinatal center were invited to sign paper sock with the best words for the babies and their families. Mothers signed the socks for their babies and placed its next to the incubators. Politicians and oVIPS followed the call, too.


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  • Pravo na Chudo: Photo exhibition with NICU graduates and a family day.
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Socks line in Belgrade (c) Institute of Neonatology Belgrade

Serbia

  • Insitute of Neonatology, Belgrade: Various activities to raise awareness in the public. Decoration with sock lines and purple balloons for Word Prematurity Day. Several direct involvements in the TV program in prime time. The National Assembly of Serbia in Belgrade was lit purple during the night of 17 November.
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Image: Purple Illumination in Serbia (c) Mali Div
  • Mali Div (Little Giants): Collection of pictures of preemie children and parents. Huge media coverage in national and local printed and electronic media. Five cities of Serbia had purple lights on their famous buildings in the night of the World Prematurity Day.
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Image: Purple Heart Award ceremony (c) Malicek

Slovakia

  • Malicek: International Neonatologist Congress & XIII. Slovak conference for the neonatology nurses From the technique to the family with 320 participants. Press conference with outcome of 20 published articles and features in Slovakian media. Purpble Heart Award was bestowed to four remarkable people. In Bratislava, Košice and Prešov several buildings were illuminated purple e .g. the castle in Bratislava.
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Image: Purple Illumination in Serbia (c) Mali Div

South Africa

  • Netcare Hospital Group: The Way Forward Conference - a day of education for NICU nurses and handing over of 800 collectes starter boxes to send preterm babies from poor families home.



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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Vygon South Africa
  • Vygon South Africa: Staff event honouring World Prematurity Day.



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Image (c) EFCNI

Spain

  • General Hospital Catalonia: World Prematurity Day festivity for premies, their parents and health professionals
    Outcome, November 2015.
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Image: Purple water (c) APREM
  • APREM: World Prematurity Day event and celebration at University Hospital La Paz and Maternal, take off of balloons at Childrens' Hospital, Madrid Round table event at Hospital Virgen del Camino, take off of balloons, Pamplona, 14 November 2015.
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Image: Information for public in Valencia (c) AVAPREM
  • AVAPREM: Volunteers informed travellers at the train station in Valencia about prematurity.
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Image: Invitation (c) PREMATURE HOSPITAL CLÍNIC-MATERNITAT (ASPREM-HCM)
  • PREMATURE HOSPITAL CLÍNIC-MATERNITAT (ASPREM-HCM): The event consisted on a workshop of incubators; on a series of lectures on relevant issues regarding prematurity; and on leisure activities aimed to kids and their families. Hospitals that participated in the event: Hospital Sant Joan de Deu, Hospital Vall d'Hebron i Hospital General and Hospital Clínic of Barcelona
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Image: balloons' raising (c) Prematura
  • Prematura: Expert lecture. Public event to raise awareness with entertainment for parents and children as well as an open air concert. Lift off of white and purple balloons in Barcelona.


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Image: Illumination of Lady Ridgeway Hospital (c) Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians

Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians: The Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians organised an event at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital on the 17th of November 2015 to celebrate the 5th world Prematurity day. Preterm children who had graduated from premature units around the country performed at a concert in the presence of Honourable Deputy Minister of Health and other dignitaries. Event was concluded with laser beam colour washing of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital buildings in purple light.
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Image: Swedish parent organisation Svenska Prematurförbundet (c) Svenska Prematurförbundet

Sweden

  • Svenska Prematurförbundet: Townhall in Landskrona and Vida Arena in Växjöwere illuminated in purple. in Stockholm a seminar was helt with parents, politicans and experts for prematurity.
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  • Prematurföreningen (Stockholm): Facbook call to parents of preterm babies to share their stories and pictures.
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Image: Information event (c) Vygon
  • Vygon: Public information events in Stockholm and Gothenburg with explanation of medical devices to parents; Snacks shared with parents and medical staff .


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Image: Swedish parent organisation Svenska Prematurförbundet (c) Svenska Prematurförbundet

Switzerland

  • Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève: Public conference on the future development of prematurely born children. The argument was illustrated by new knowledge from basic neuroscience to new aspects of clinical care and a round table discussion with adolescents that themself were born prematurely.
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Image: Public awareness (c) Premature Baby Foundation of Taiwan

Taiwan

  • Premature Baby Foundation of Taiwan: Several buildings in Taipei were illuminated in purple as skyscapers and temples. Press conference with local politicians.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Doris Mollel Foundation

Tanzania

  • Doris Mollel Foundation: World Prematurity Day awareness and social media campaign, special video supported by a celebrity, press releases, radio and TV interviews, press conference, donation campaign, launched by Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Health, World Prematurity Day event at Muhimbili National Hospital.
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Image: Premature delivery (c) Premature Bebek

Turkey

  • Premature Bebek (El Bebek Gül Bebek): Turkish national football team carried a purpur banner while entering stadium. One player wear purple dress;  Information session for students at the British International School Istanbul including a bake sale for good cause; Christmas Festival at City's Shopping Center in Istanbul.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 (c) Vygon Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates

  • Vygon Abu Dhabi: Staff event honouring World Prematurity Day.

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Image: Purple bridge (c) BIBS

United Kingdom

  • Babies in Buscot Support (BIBS): Facebook celebration of Buscot graduates - stories and photos being shared throughout the day of children that have spent time in Buscot Ward, the neonatal unit at The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading; newly opened local bridge has been lit purple for the evening.
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  • BLISS: Open letter to NHS England boss Simon Stevens, calling for a review of funding levels for neonatal care so that services can meet the government and NHS's own standards for safety and quality.
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Image: Purple march (c) Aberdeen Maternity Hospital
  • Aberdeen Maternity Hospital: Purple march with several buildings in Aberdeen going purple - Marischal College, His majesty's Theatre & The Petrofac Tower; Now and then photos and stories were shared on our group page, The neonatal unit held a bake sale for parents and staff.
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Image: Campaign banner (c) COINN
  • Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN): Supported World Prematurity Day 2015 by providing a Social Media Campaign Guide and sharing information on their webpage.
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Image: (c) EFCNI
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital and the Borough Council: The Royal’s Neonatal team, along with Chesterfield Borough Council, Church of St Mary’s and All Saints and D.O.R Electrical, organised for the spire to be bathed in purple light on Tuesday 17 November.
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Image: Purple library in Liverpool (c) NHS Foundation Trust
  • Harris-Wellbeing Preterm Birth Centre at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital: Raising awareness for preterm babies - The University of Liverpool’s Active Learning Laboratory, in the School of Engineering on Brownlow Hill, was illuminated in purple to mark World Prematurity Day.
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Image: Illuminated Spinnaker (c) The Ickle Pickles Children's Charity
  • The Ickle Pickles Children's Charity: Purple lightning of several iconic buildings as Gateshead Millenium Bridge, Blackpool Tower, Spinnaker Tower (Portsmouth), Tower 42 (City of London), Southend Civic Centre & Brighton Wheel; Sell of purple candles and holders to families in the NICUs for taking home; Social media campaign of Kangaroo Huddles where families took a picture and shared them on Facebook.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2015 events in Sheffield (c) Sheffield Hospitals Charity
  • Sheffield Hospitals Charity: Charity event raising awareness and collecting money for NICUs, turning the fountains and lights purple in Sheffield's peace gardens, gathering and live music. Illumination of further commercial buildings
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Image: Illuminations in Kiev (c) Svichado

Ukraine

  • Svichado in collaboration with Ranenko and UBB Event Prematurity Awareness Day: Ukraine has joined the World Prematurity Day for the first time with lightening project - Kyiv ancient monument St Sofia's Cathedral, Kyiv, which is in the UNESCO preservation list, Gulliver business and trade centre and Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet became purple to support preemies of the world; 200 people attended public event, where hundreds of white balloons were launched into the sky. Support by Miss Ukraine of several years.
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Image: Calendar (c) Ranenko
  • Ranenko: Thank You Campaign for each doctor, nurse, or every specialist who takes care after the premature babies. Special calenders were sent to doctors in 12 cities in Ukraine. Each month in the calender - is a painting made by a child, born premature.
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Image: Socksline at the NICU entrance (c) AUPAREM

Uruguay

  • AUPAREM: Purple illumination of public buildings e.g. shopping mall. Public event with famous socks hanging at the entrance of the NICU. On Facebook, parents were called to share pictures showing them together with their preterm babies.
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Image: Leonard P. Zakim Bridge (c) NIDCAP Federation International

USA

  • The NIDCAP Federation International (NFI): Lighting of the Leonard P. Zakim Bridge in Boston
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Image: Socks for Life (c) Graham's Foundation
  • Graham's Foundation: Call on parents of preterm babies to share their experiences.
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Image: Map (c) March of dimes
  • March of Dimes: Lighting of Empire State Building. On going call on Facebook to parents for sharing their stories.
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World Prematurity Day 2015 Material

We are happy to provide you with the following material for your World Prematurity Day activities: 

  • World Prematurity Day Toolkit (in English and German)
  • High Resolution Logo (in 37 languages)
  • Poster Template (in 37 languages)
  • Facebook Cover (in 37 languages)
  • Twitter Cover (in English)
  • Facebook and Twitter Profile Picture
  • Email Signature Banner (in English)

 

You may use the material free of charge. Feel free to add the content of your organisation to the poster. 

We do hope for your understanding that providing the tool kit and visual material is the work of many creative individuals and involves time and expenses for EFCNI. Therefore we kindly ask you to note the following guidelines for the use of the material.

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Guidelines for the use of World Prematurity Day Templates

  • Feel free to support your partner organisations or hospitals with the poster template and Facebook cover but please do NOT remove the EFCNI logo
  • Feel free to add the logos and names of your individual supporters and partners but please do NOT remove the EFCNI logo
  • Please do not alter the official template/ key visual
  • Please use the World Prematurity Day key visual material only for raising awareness, for fundraising and information. Do NOT use the material for marketing or sales purposes of products or services

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World Prematurity Day Factsheet

Please find summarised information on this awareness day in our World Prematurity Day Factsheet.

Download Factsheet

World Prematurity Day Toolkit

For more detailed information on the World Prematurity Day campaign, please refer to this toolkit. 

Download English toolkit

Download German toolkit

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Twitter Cover

Please download here

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Facebook and Twitter Profile Picture

Please download here

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Email signature banner

Please download here

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Special Thanks

to the EFCNI premium and silver partners AbbVie, Dräger, Nestlé Nutrition, Philips Avent and Shire for supporting the creation of the campaign poster for World Prematurity Day 2015. 

We warmly thank our partner organisations for helping us with the translation of the poster template. Special thanks to Professor Mats Blennow, Dr Morten Breindahl, Dr Chao-Huei Chen, Wakako Elklund, Professor Pierre Kuhn, Professor Ola D. Saugstad, Dr Amanda Smildzere and Dr Mohammed Reza Zarkesh.


We thank the company COMEO for the design and their valuable support.

 
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