World Prematurity Day keeps growing and has long turned into a global movement. In 2016, people from more than 120 countries united around the world and celebrated the 6th World Prematurity Day on 17 November. Some of them joined us for the first time, among them participants from Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Columbia, Ethiopia or Egypt. EFCNI screened more than 200 special events worldwide and the global World Prematurity Day Facebook page reached about 5.4 million people. The number of purple lightings, one of the symbols of this awareness day, increased by about 20 percent.
We were also overwhelmed by the positive feedback on our World Prematurity Day initiative A Strong Start for Little Heroes: EFCNI offered hospitals in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland a diverse action package for the celebration of the event. More than 150 hospitals joined us. Besides this, EFCNI had the opportunity to speak at various conferences and to give several interviews. To honour 17 November, the EFCNI team wore purple and created a special social media series about the topic of family-centred care.
A big thank you to everyone who once again made World Prematurity Day a special day. You helped us raise awareness for the cause of preterm babies and their families. We also warmly thank our global network and corporate partners for the fruitful cooperations and everyone who sent us details about their events and shared them on the EFCNI Changemaker Map.
Warm thanks to everyone for sharing all these wonderful activities for World Prematurity Day 2016 with us. We present you here below a selection of worldwide events.
to the EFCNI premium and silver partners AbbVie, Natus, Nestlé Nutrition, Philips Avent and Shire for supporting the creation of the campaign poster for World Prematurity Day 2016.
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.