World Prematurity Day 2016

 

World Prematurity Day on 17 November is one of the most important days in the year to raise awareness of the challenges and burden of preterm birth globally. The day was initiated by EFCNI and partnering European parent organisations in 2008. Meanwhile, countless individuals and organisations from more than 100 countries join forces with activities, special events and commit to action to help address preterm birth and improve the situation of preterm babies and their families.

Everyone is warmly invited to join this day with activities or events: parent organisations, hospitals, non-profit organisations, healthcare professionals, societies, companies, politicians, media, and individuals. No matter how much time, money or manpower you are able to spare – even with simple things you can make a difference!

The typical socksline and purple lightings have become symbols of World Prematurity Day. The purple colour in the visual identity stands for sensitivity and exceptionality.

It is important to show the world the united voice of all those committed to preterm babies and their families: Please help us in putting together a complete review of the worldwide activities, by taking part in our survey. 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 2016

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 activities. If you would like to include your activity or event, please send us your details via www.surveymonkey.de/r/WorldPremDay2016

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EFCNI: A Strong Start for Little Heroes

  • Large-scale initiative A Strong Start for Little Heroes: Neonatal intensive care units in Germany and Austria are invited to celebrate this special day with inhouse events. EFCNI offered them a diverse action package for the celebration of the event. More than 150 hospitals with neonatal intensive care units participated. View more about the A Strong Start for Little Heroes events on the international project website or the German project website.

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EFCNI

Image: EFCNI staff dressed in purple on World Prematurity Day (c) EFCNI
  • Our entire EFCNI team wore purple on 17 November to express our support for World Prematurity Day

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Image: Social media series supporting World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) EFCNI
  • EFCNI created a special social media series for World Prematurity Day, focusing on the topic of family-centred and developmentally supportive care

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(c) WDR, Lokalzeit aus Bonn
  • Media coverage about World Prematurity Day: Newspapers (e.g. Süddeutsche Zeitung, Münchner Merkur), TV programmes (e.g. ZDF Mona Lisa, WDR)
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Picture (left to right): Professor Christoph Härtel (University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein), Silke Mader (EFCNI Chairwoman), Professor Andreas Müller (Head of Neonatology Department, University Hospital Bonn), Dr Till Dresbach (Chief Physician, University Hospital Bonn).
  • Talk by EFCNI Chair Silke Mader about 'Eltern sind keine Besucher - Eltern sind Eltern' ('Parents aren't visitors - parents are parents). World Prematurity Day celebration at one-day symposium 'Zu früh im Leben', University Hospital Bonn.
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Image: Silke Mader's talk at the symposium of Harl.e.kin-Nachsorge Nuremberg (c) Berny Meyer
  • Talk by EFCNI Chair Silke Mader about 'Frühgeborene brauchen eine Lobby' ('Preterm infants need a lobby') at 10th anniversary symposium of Harl.e.kin-Nachsorge Nuremberg at Klinikum Nuremberg.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) NIDCAP Federation International

International

  • NIDCAP Federation International (NFI): In tribute to the families, nursery staff and hospitals that provide sensitive and nurturing care, the NFI shared its 2016 NFI World Prematurity Day Poster on which 47 nurseries around the globe are represented. In addition, lighting of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in Boston,the birthplace of the NFI and headquarters to the National NIDCAP Training Center.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) SHIPS project
  • Screening to Improve Health In very Preterm InfantS in Europe (SHIPS) project: The SHIPS project team is sharing a special poster on World Prematurity Day. The mission of the SHIPS project is to improve follow-up programmes in Europe for better health in children born very preterm. EFCNI is proud partner of this project.
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Image: Social Media campaign (c) LittleBigSouls
  • LittleBigSouls: Launch of a social media campaign which celebrates children born preterm and their parents with a photo shooting.
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Image: (c) MamaYe
  • MamaYe - Evidence for Action: Kangaroo Mother Care challenge and Media Roundtable on KMC in Nigeria; Publication of updated factsheets on prematurity in Nigeria and Malawi; Publication of infographics on prematurity in several African countries.

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Image: (c) Natus
  • Natus: Educational seminar/Presentation on Challenges of Prematurity and simple measure to be taken to change outcomes.

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Image: (c) Philips Avent
  • Philips Avent: Social Media series on behalf of World Prematurity Day.
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Image: (c) Save the Children
  • Save the Children: Family Day in the hospital in Gondar, Ethiopia, celebration together with hospital staff.
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Image: (c) Vygon
  • Vygon: Vygon took part in the World Prematurity Day in more than 15 countries this year (France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, South Africa, Japan, Germany (Datteln), UK, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, etc).They organised diverse activities like information events in hospitals (like University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), University Hospital Saint-Luc in Brussels, Hospital Center Régional De Namur, etc.) for medical staff and parents. In addition, they arranged lunch celebrations, photography contests, family programmes, and a choir performance by grown-up preterm children. Vygon staff members teamed up and wore purple to commemorate the special day. Many media reported about the events.
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Image: Story Bridge Brisbane (c) World Prematurity Day Australia

Australia

  • The Story Bridge in Brisbane, Australia, went purple for World Prematurity Day Australia.
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Image: Handmade origami paper storks in the foyer of NSW Parliament House (c) Miracle Babies Foundation
  • Miracle Babies Foundation: Amazing fundraising campaign: Installation of 2,500 handmade origami paper storks in the foyer of NSW Parliament House - 1 bird for every 10 preterm babies born in Australia this year. Additional social media campaign (storytelling about prematurity, encouraging people to share their personal experiences)
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 campaign (c) Life's Little Treasures Foundation
  • Life's Little Treasures Foundation (LLFT): LLFT informs about WPD and calls premie families to take part in sharing  memories, photos or drawings on social media by tagging their stories with #LifesLittleTreasures #WorldPrematurityDay
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) L'il Aussie Prems Foundation
  • L'il Aussie Prems Foundation: L'il Aussie Prems Foundation gave valuable information about World Prematurity Day and asked everyone to help spread the word. Amongst other helpful links the foundation asked to light a candle on 17th November 2016 at 7pm,  take a photo of with one's family and the candle, and post it on the NPF Facebook page and the Official World Prematurity Facebook pages. By suggesting to update facebook profile images, cover photos and to place a WPD banner on one's blog, they hope to reach as many people as possible.
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Image: Family event at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (c) Preterm Infants Parent Associations (PIPA)
  • Preterm Infants' Parents' Association (PIPA): Big family event at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, lovely storytelling/social media campaign (parents shared their memories and photostories).
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Image: Preemie- & Baby-Event (c) SALK

Austria

  • FRÜH R LEBEN/Salzburger Landeskliniken - Universitätsklinikum Salzburg (SALK): To honour World Prematurity Day, Neonatology Department of the university hospital Salzburg (Uniklinikum Salzburg, SALK) held a Preemie- & Baby-Event on 12 November offering entertainment and a activity programme for children and families, various information stands, a book stand and a Charity Stand of the foundation "Früh R Leben" and the clinic´s neonatal team.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) Néonid Belgium

Belgium

  • Néonid Belgium and PBF Premature Baby & Family: In collaboration with PBF Premature Baby & Family, Néonid Belgium presented an educational video about prematurity and the challenges of families in Belgium affected by prematurity. In addition, they gave presents to parents in neonatal intensive care units in Belgium.
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Image: Video shooting for special World Prematurity Day 2016 film (c) PBF Premature Baby Fund
  • PBF Premature Baby & Family and CHC Liège Hospital: Production of a video highlighting Belgian families affected by preterm birth and parents organisations united with medical team for continuous support to families. Video was sent to NICUs for World Prematurity Day. Hospitals and gathered in the evening at the Office Nationale de L'enfance headquarters for the premiere of the video. CHC Liège: St-Vincent Clinic (Rocourt) was participating in World Prematurity Day with its CHN neonatology department, which had a stand in the lobby of the clinic informing the public about prematurity. Additionally, they now welcome parents whose infants are hospitalised in neonatology to present their new parental support project.
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Image: World Prematurity Day (c) VVOC
  • Vlaamse Vereniging voor Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VVOC): VVOC created awareness for World Prematurity Day on 17 November by offering templates to customise Facebook profile banners. Special presents (picture frames) for parents of preterm children.
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Image: Movie La Vie à venir - Life to come (c) Stenola Productions
  • Stenola Productions in cooperation with ARTE: There was a community engagement and following built around their film LIFE TO COME (La vie à venir) by the director Claudio Capanna. A special 360° virtual reality short version of the movie was launched on ARTE Future on World Prematurity Day.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) Hospital de La Mujer Dr Percy Boland Rodriguez

Bolivia

  • Department of Neonatology, Hospital de la Mujer Dr Percy Boland Rodriguez: The hospital celebrated World Prematurity Day by various events and activities to raise awareness for the problem of preterm birth.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) Clinic for Children Disease, University Clinical Center Tuzla

Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • Clinic for Children Disease, University Clinical Center Tuzla: Informing media and political decision-makers about the topic of preterm birth. Directors, students, doctors and other medical staff released purple balloons.

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Image: TV interview in Bulgarian National Television (c) Our Premature Children

Bulgaria

  • Our Premature Children: TV Interview in Bulgarian National Television and cocktail party at Grand Hotel Sofia, in the city of Sofia - to launch a new idea - build a place where families of preterm children find comprehensive support from qualified professionals.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) Prematuridade

Brazil

  • Prematuridade: Prematuridade invited everybody to join their "Walk of Prematurity" on 11/20/2016, in Porto Alegre, where they hosted an hour of meditation at The Expeditionary Monument in the Parque da Redenção, followed by a one-hour walk to raise awareness for WPD. In partnership with educational institutions and hospitals in Porto Alegre and its metropolitan region, they prepared various surprises and offered information on how to participate one's family or team. They were reminding participants to wear the colour purple as it symbolises the cause of all Preemies and also to use hashtags as #NovemberRoxo and #WorldAboutDemocracy in social networks. 
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Image: World Prematurity Day logo (c) EFCNI
  • Hospital João Murilo de Oliveira: They gathered preterm infants and their parents in a great meeting with several activities for children and families. In addition, they collected statements by families on their experiences with prematurity.

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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 poster 'Preemie power' (c) Canadian Premature Babies Foundation

Canada

  • The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation (CPBF): The CPBF has partnered with several organisations to promote nationwide programming and supported the International Global Illumination Project to honour preemies, their families and their dedicated caregivers. For World Prematurity Day 2016, 10 buildings alone in Vancouver participated in the Global Illumination Project by lighting up purple. Amongst them were Calgary Tower - for the first time, The Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Toronto City Hall and their 3D lights, Mississauga City Hall participating for their second year, The SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon is hosting a huge event, Victoria General Hospital and the Royal BC Museum. Throughout the evening of World Prematurity Day CPBF shared photographs of the many events and illuminated buildings on their Facebook page and Twitter.
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Image: Lantern parade (c) Nedoklubko

Czech Republic

  • Nedoklubko: Various events took place to create awareness for WPD: a conference was held at Zofin Palace focusing mainly on communication being the most important pillar of caring for mothers after giving birth to a premature baby, an impressive gala-event called 'Purple Heart' award ceremony and a get-together at Zofin Park for families and clinic personnel enjoing the event's programme and later that day children and their families could walk with many others in a lantern parade.
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Image: People expressing their commitment for World Prematurity Day (c) Neovidas

Chile

  • Neovidas: Illumination of two iconic buildings in Santiago de Chile. Hosting of an international conference on Pulmonar Problems and Neurological Development in preterm infants with international experts. Social activity: People expressed their commitment for World Prematurity Day by taking special photographs of themselves in which they are holding WPD posters. Many TV stations and newspapers reported about the event.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) UNICEF China

China

  • UNICEF China: UNICEF China presented a video for World Prematurity Day, remarks by several collaborating partners, interaction between experts and families with preterm babies, held a poem recitation event by medical staff and released the World Prematurity Day logo in China.
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Image: Special radio programme on Radio Bolivariana (c) Fundación Milagros de Vida

Colombia

  • Fundación Milagros de Vida: They called for everyone’s attention on the global problem of preterm birth and asked everyone to join them and raise awareness by lighting a candle for premature babies. To give this important cause a voice they invited their followers to take a photo, adding #WorldPrematurityDay2016 and having them state the reason why they lighted a candle. They also contributed to a special radio programme on Radio Bolivariana.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 in Zadar (c) Klub roditelja nedonoscadi PALCICI

Croatia

  • Klub roditelja nedonoscadi PALCICI: In cooperation with their groups (e.g. PALCICI Split), PALCICI illuminated buildings all over Croatia (e.g. Zadar, Buzet, Pula, Split etc,), organised joyful family events in different cities in cooperation with local hospitals. As a symbol of World Prematurity Day, they were raising colourful balloons.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) Friends of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (FNICU)

Cyprus

  • Friends of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (FNICU): Friends of the NICU welcomed everybody on this year's World Prematurity Day to share fotos and stories on their facebook page - giving hope to families of preterm born babies. They organised a special cycling and family event full of purple power to celebrate WPD.
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Image: Illumination of Nicosia town hall (c) Mora Thavmata
  • Mora Thavmata: For World Prematurity Day, Mora Thavmata, lighted the Nicosia twon hall in purple. They also asked people to change their profile picture to commemorate WPD.
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Image: Hats, specially fabricated in smaller sizes (c) Dansk Præmatur Forening

Denmark

  • Dansk Præmatur Forening: Denmark acknowleges World Prematurity Day traditionally with a little gift for families of neonatal departments. To help these little heroes stay warm, they handed out mini-mittens and hats, specially fabricated in smaller sizes and made of eco-friendly cotton.
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Image: Posters naming the littlest of preterm babies born in Denmark (c) Landsforeningen Præmatures Vilkar
  • Landsforeningen Præmatures Vilkår: The organisation created three posters naming the littlest of preterm babies born in Denmark. This shows a fraction of the 4,600 babies being born preterm each year in Denmark. These posters can be downloaded for free or ordered for 189 Kronen. The entire revenue will be used to provide Danish neonatal units with the best possible information on prematurity.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016

Dominican Republic

  • Pequenas Vidas: Pequenas Vidas promotes neonatal health and prematurity awareness in the Dominican Republic through education, support and advocacy, and a global network of friends. They support the efforts of various organisations around the world such as March of Dimes in the U.S., Bliss in the U.K. and many others, promoting World Prematurity Day. They called for raising awareness on prematurity and the prevention of premature birth.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) Egyptian Neonatal Network (EGNN)

Egypt

  • Egyptian Neonatal Network (EGNN): EGNN invited health care professionals (doctors & nurses), politicians, parliament representatives, university students, regional ministries of health officials, religious leaders, academic staff, and parents of preterm babies to celebrate World Prematurity Day. The meeting was attended by students from universities and schools and their parents. The awareness event was held in Arabic language, focusing on preterm labor, prematurity, and retinopathy of prematurity. In addition, a talk from a religious leader on rights of newborns in religion and the importance of donations to take care of these tiny babies was held. 
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Image: Illumination of television tower, Estonia (c) MTÜ Enneaegsed lapsed

Estonia

  • MTÜ Enneaegsed lapsed: Social media campaign to encourage their followers to share fotos of illuminated buildings.
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Image: Purple balloons and lightings on World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) Kevyt

Finland

  • Kevyt – Association of Premature Babies’s Parents: Mother of a preterm child in TV show, publication of articles on preterm birth on TV website. Coverage in regional newspapers and on social media, lightings in cities all over Finland.
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Image: World Prematurity Day logo (c) EFCNI
  • Association MLL:n Turun keskosperheet ry, Turku: For World Prematurity Day the Association MLL:n Turun shared information on prematurity by providing a media release on the subject and suggested to participate by dressing in purple or using decorative elements. They call for solidarity with posts and pictures on social media networks using #worldprematurityday #keskoslastenpaiva
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Image: Social media series (c) SOS Préma

France

  • SOS Préma: SOS Préma created a wonderful social media series with sensitive messaging about the different experiences of parents of preterm and of term born babies. They also held a charity dinner and Charlotte Bouvard, founder of SOS Préma, gave an interview on radio RTL.
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Image: Illumination University Medical Centre Mainz (c) Peter Pulkowski

Germany

  • Frühstart e.V. Mainz/University Medical Centre Mainz: Lighting in purple of University Medical Centre building in Mainz, initiated by Frühstart e. V. Mainz.
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Image: Invitation breakfast event for families (c) Frühgeborene und kranke Neugeborene Mannheim e.V.
  • Frühgeborene und kranke Neugeborene Mannheim e.V.: Next to a breakfast event for families with preterm babies at the IKEA restaurant in Mannheim, the National Theater of Mannheim was illuminated purple for World Prematurity Day. They also organised a champagne reception for friends of their association and guests from politics and medicine.
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Image: World Prematurity Day in Osnabrück (c) Michael Gründel
  • Christliches Kinderhospital Osnabrück: For the World Prematurity Day, the city of Osnabrück illuminated the city hall, the Steigenberger-Hotel Remarque, the Hotel Arcona Living, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the Christian Children's Hospital. The mentioned buildings are also decorated with banners and posters.
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Image: BayArena Leverkusen on World Prematurity Day 2016
  • Hospital Leverkusen: For the World Prematurity Day the BayArena in Leverkusen will be illuminated in purple thanks to the initiative of the hospital in Leverkusen. In the morning the hospital invites all families of premature babies for a breakfast event.

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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) Missio Children's Hospital Würzburg
  • Missio Children's Hospital Würzburg: Beginning with the World Prematurity Day the Childrens Hospital in Würzburg invited patients and their families and friends to the information event with a photo exhibition about prematurity. Exhibition is open until December 1, 2016.
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Image: 'Purple for Preemies' by Bundesverband Das Frühgeborene Kind e.V. (c) Heiko Wunderling, 'Das Frühchen Heidelberg e.V.'
  • Deutscher Bundesverband Das Frühgeborene Kind e.V.: The organisation started an initiative called 'Purple for Preemies' and asked people to send pictures of buildings that were illuminated for World Prematurity Day. They also created a special poster about the benefits of mother's milk and breastfeeding. In addition, the organisation 'Das Frühgeborene Kind e.V.' started an initiative 'write a postcard to politicians' to raise awareness for the challenges of preterm birth.
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Image: Illumination of Helena Venizeliou hospital (c) Ilitominon

Greece

  • Ilitominon: Purple illumination of "HELENA VENIZELOU GENERAL AND MATERNITY DISTRICT HOSPITAL". It will be illuminated till 29 November to welcome the FINE Programme, as it is the first time that education about family-centred care is introduced in Greece.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) Moheb Yas Women's Hospital

Iran

  • Moheb Yas Women's Hospital: Parents, nurses, students and physicians were welcomed in the neonatal unit. Posters were installed on the walls. The hospital chairman acknowledged the caregivers with a letter of appreciation. The celebration was held as magnificent as last years.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 in Tehran (c) Children's Medical Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
  • Children's Medical Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences: World Prematurity Day Awareness on 17th November 2016 in Level II and III of special care nurseries in Children’s Medical Center as important referral center in Iran by organising photo exhibition of preterm graduates from special care nurseries, memorial notes of families having preterm infants, gathering ceremony of mothers of premature babies with nurses and physicians; preparing educational classes for empowerment of mothers having premature babies; decorating the wards with balloons and streamers, putting purple ribbons on personnel ID tags; preparing educational pamphlets for parents having premature babies, uploading article about the importance of prematurity on website of the hospital
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Image: Irish Health Minister Simon Harris TD celebrates World Prematurity Day 2016 at Medical Symposium by INHA (c) Irish Neonatal Health Alliance

Ireland

  • Irish Neonatal Health Alliance (INHA): The Irish Minister of Health, Simon Harris TD, celebrated World Prematurity Day together with the participants of the Medical Symposium by Irish Neonatal Health Alliance in Dublin, Ireland. The Irish Minister of Health, Simon Harris TD, celebrated World Prematurity Day together with the participants of the Medical Symposium by Irish Neonatal Health Alliance in Dublin, Ireland. Purple Illumination of Buildings in Dublin, Cork & Limerick. All 19 NICUs received hampers from the INHA, the medical symposium takes place in Dublin, Coffee Mornings take place in Waterford & Cork, Media campaign and launch of a FCC Guide called ‘Better Together-a family centred care guide for your premature baby’.
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Image (c) Meir Medical Center NICU, Israel

Israel

  • Meir Medical Center NICU: The NICU at Meir Medical Center in Israel celebrated World Prematurity Day by having a gathering with parents and a talk by NICU founder Professor Dolfin. Parents brought a balloon and a personal card and wishes for their baby. Everyone wore a purple ribbon and a sticker, taking photos and having cake. It has been heartwarming.

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Image: Illumination of Palazzo della Gran Guardia, Padova (c) Vivere Onlus/Piccino Picciò

Italy

  • Vivere Onlus/Piccino Picciò: 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. Press conference about the events for World Prematurity Day. Symposium at the Chamber of Deputies "Sala del Refettorio". Reading of charter of rights of the premature babies by parents of children and professionals. In many parts of Italy they had a lots of activities organized by the associations who are members of Vivere Onlus: Florence, Prato, Modena, Padua, Milan, Syracuse, Naples, Turin, Pisa, Lucca, Viareggio, Parma, Mantua, Como, Bologna, Mestre, Taranto, Ragusa, Messina and many others. The activities took place in hospitals, the Chamber of Deputies, in theaters, in conference halls, etc.
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Image: Sant'Orso Church (c) municipality of Santorso
  • Vivere Onlus in cooperation with the municipality of Santorso: Illumination of Sant'Orso Church of Santorso, kindly supported by the municipality of Santorso.
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Image: Two football clubs visited babies and families on World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) Associazione Pollicino Onlus
  • Associazione Pollicino Onlus: Associazione Pollicino Onlus organised lightings in the cities of Rimini and Modena, for example of the tower of Rimini and of other monuments in the province. They also arranged a family brunch and two football clubs visited babies and their families.
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Image: Illimination of monument on World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) La Prima Coccola Association
  • Association La Prima Coccola and Infermi Hospital Rimini: In collaboration with the Infermi Hospital in Rimini, the Association La Prima Coccola (“The first cuddle”) started several events for World Prematurity Day. Many families  and nurses attended. Materials and balloons were distributed, music was provided by Radio Sabbia. In the late afternoon, snacks were provided and a main monument was lit up in violet to represent the charity commitment and to commemorate World Prematurity Day. The following evening on 18 November, supported by the charity organisation “La festa per fare festa”, they organised a fish dinner with musical entertainment for families and nurses in the city of Coriano (province of Rimini). This event took place in Via Don Minzoni during the annual olive festival, where a group of doctors and assistants performed with their band “Bad bones” who perform covers from the 60’s up to present day.
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Image: (c) Dan Giovanni

Jamaica

  • Dan Giovanni: The Jamaican singer/songwriter Dan Giovanni released a powerful song on the burden of prematurity for both, infants and parents. He was born prematurely and dedicated this song to all the premature babies and their parents around the world. Chapeau!
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Photo exhibition (c) Padedu Augti
  • Padedu augti: Lightings, exhibition, celebration families visiting in the hospital.
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Image: New brochure for parents (c) LULKA - Association for care and education

Macedonia

  • LULKA - Association for care and education: On the occasion of World Prematurity Day 2016, LUKLA launched an electronic version of the free brochure When the stork is too early. The brochure is intended for anyone who is interested in premature birth, but especially for parents and families with a preterm baby who come home during the baby's stay in the hospital. Beyond this, LULKA organised a panel discussion on the topic The challenges of a preterm birth as well as a press conference where the result of a parent's survey were presented to the media.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 in Skopje (c) PremNova
  • Premnova: Celebration of WPD at Acibadem Sistina Hospital in Skopje with the little heroes and their parents; Skopje lights up in purple
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 in Mexico (c) Fundación NuNu

Mexico

  • Pequeño NuNu: Emotional memorial event of the National Institute of Perinatología Isidro Espinosa de los Reyes with outstanding participation of the palliative care provider Lourdes Ruiz Niño, collaborator of Little NuNu, with her message Re-signification of the premature birth; Public event on the topics kangaroo method, breastfeeding, life experiences before the preterm birth; Event in the Mexican social authority (IMSS); Lightning of important and historic monuments in Mexico; Several TV interviews on different channels; Joint event of industry, healthcare sector and civil society organisations at the university.
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Image: Poster for WPD2016 (c) Nacer Temprano...VIVIR EN GRANDE
  • Nacer temprano...VIVIR EN GRANDE: Facebook series with special posters and quotes to raise awareness
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Image (c) Jhpiego

Nepal

  • Jhpiego in collaboration with Midwifery Society of Nepal (MIDSON):
    Advanced training  for about 120 doctors, nurses and health workers
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Image: World Prematurity Day celebrations at the JBZ

Netherlands

  • Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VOC): Nightingale Award ceremony at Jeroen Bosch hospital (JBZ), won by Annemie van de Heuvel, children's nurse at the JBZ.
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  • All over the country: lllumination of iconic buildings in the Netherlands in purple, November 2015.

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Image: It may also happen to you (c) VOC
  • Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VOC) in collaboration with Kleine Kanjers, Earlybirds fotografie, Stichting Prilleven and Luflie: Kick off meeting at Sophia Children’s Hospital, week van het couveusekind Theme: It may also happen to you, lectures about the theme, proclamation of the winner Richard de Leeuw Price 14 november 2016, presentation of the FINEbook (Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education), an education program for professionals.

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Image: Poster with the poem (c) Bianca de Ruijt
  • Kleine Kanjers: All NICU departments of university medical centres give away goody bags sponsored by SOCKE; book presentation A giraffe is not a monkey by Bianca de Ruijt, mother of a preterm baby, on the situation of preterm birth with many sketches of babies and parents with the incubator takes place at the Jeroen Bosch hospital. Presentation of the poem Het kan jou ook gebeuren (it can also happen to you) also by Bianca de Ruijt
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  • Stichting Prematurendag: The Prematurity foundation in the Netherlands presents the first NICU flashmob in the world. In this nine minute video which shows what parents of preterm babies, have to experience after a premature birth....

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Image: (c) EFCNI
  • Erasmus University Medical Center Sophia Childrens' Hospital: Celebrating WPD 2016 by distributing along with parents' association VOC and Vygon goodie bags for parents.

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Image: World Prematurity Day with candy (c) The Neonatal Trust New Zealand

New Zealand

  • The Neonatal Trust New Zealand: World Prematurity Day was celebrated in every of the 23 NICU and SCBU around New Zealand with baked delicious goodies
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Image: Illuminated Telenor Arena (c) Prematurforeningen

Norway

  • Prematurforeningen: Purple illumination of public buildings in the whole country e.g.Telenor Arena; Organisation of events for exchange between families with preterm babies (entertainment, snacks) in children's hospitals (Drammen, Ullevål, Ålesund, St. Olavs); Seminar at Rikshospitalet in Oslo
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Image: World Prematurity Day in Oman (c) EFCNI

Oman, Sultanate of

  • Sultan Qaboos University Hospital: One-day symposium, with different neonatal topics to be discussed. Target attendance is 200-250 nurses, doctors as well as caregivers and parents, such as feasible, cost-effective interventions that would reduce mortality or morbidity. Besides the scientific lectures, there was an exhibition that displayed requirements of preterm babies and methods of care provided to them at the NICU.
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Image: Screenshot from the image video (c) Fundacja Wczesniak Rodizice-Rodzicom

Poland

  • 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: Cake for World Prematurity Day (c) Associacao Pais Prematuros

Portugal

  • Associacao Pais Prematuros: A conference on Prematurity was held in Porto on 12 November; discussing relationship of affection between State, medicine and family; lighting of the Tower of Clerics, and visits of several clinics. In Guimarães, the neonatology unit was visited and there was a snack in the unit. In Funchal, a symposium was held on the theme of Challenges of Prematurity at the university, a snack at the neonatology unit of Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital and lighting of several monuments on Madeira
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Image: Paula Guerra interviewed by TVI (c) TVI Portugal
  • XSS - Portuguese Association for the Support of Premature Baby: Organisation of the 1st National Congress on Prematurity; Participation in the Neonatology Days (XLV Jornadas de Neonatologia) in Lisbon talking on Parents and prematurity; XXS is on TVI's morning talk about Prematurity; Facebook call Go Purple with XXS and share on your account; Launch of the fundraising campaign XXS - XXL, Small in Size, Big in Mission (XXS -XXL, Pequeno no Tamanho, Grande na Missao) with the goal to provide all the 20 NICUS in the country with the necessary equipment to promote bonding between parents and premature babies
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Image: Programme for World Prematurity Day (c) Unu si Unu

Romania

  • Unu si Unu: Informative presentations and discussions in Bukarest's emergency hospital
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Image: Knitted socks (c) Baby Care Sibiu
  • Baby Care Sibiu: Big show at the GONG theatre in Sibiu with lots of dance and music performances
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Image: Animal celebration (c) Give sunshine

Russia

  • Give Sunshine: Workshop devoted to World Pramaturity Day on 26 October; Family Day on 17 November with release of white balloons
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Image: Photo flashmob (c) Pravo na Chudo
  • Pravo na Chudo: An photo flashmob is announced on facebook. At WPDs evening a big ceremony with representatives of the health ministry and the commissary for childrens' rights at Moscow's cinema is celebrated. Last but not least several events in perinatal centres with entertainment for kids and time for exchange betweent medical staff and parents are organised.
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Image: Little Heroes exhibition (c) Malicek

Slovakia

  • Malicek: Trnava's city administration and the medieval castle of Zvolen lighted up in purple; Huge exhibition with Little Heroes campaign, showing former preterm infants in the NICU and today.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2016 (c) Dräger South Africa

South Africa

  • Dräger South Africa: They hosted a day together with the companies Abbvie, Masimo, and Viking for about 70 medical professionals that work in the NICU both doctors and nurses in the public and private hospitals. It was truly a successful day, where the feedback was phenomenal and the guest speakers were very informative.

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Image: Purple illumination (c) APREM

Spain

  • APREM: Lightning of the famous Palacio de Cibeles, the residence of the city administration, in Madrid on the occasion of World Prematurity Day; event at the university hospital La Paz to discuss the public health impact of preterm birth.
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World Prematurity Day celebrations in Thailand (c) Community Partners International

Thailand

  • Community Partners International: Lecture for healthcare professionals on the care of preterm infants; award ceremony for the Mae Tao Clinic their outstanding care for premature babies; distribution of World Prematurity Day shirts
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Image: Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge (c) Premature Bebek

Turkey

  • Premature Bebek (El Bebek Gül Bebek): Illumination of Istanbul Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge
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Image: (c) Bliss

United Kingdom

  • BLISS: Bliss charity appeals for funds on the most important day for preterm babies in the year with a video message: as not every preemie gets the care he or she desperately needs and deserves, Bliss calls for action for high quality family-centred care for every child.
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Image: Staff wearing purple (c) North Middlesex University Hospital
  • North Middlesex University Hospital: Cake and knitted garments sale in the entrance foyer of the hospital to raise funds for parent support groups on the Neonatal Unit. Staff weared purple to help raise awareness. Finally, photos on display of preterm infants.
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Image: Illuminations in Kiev (c) Early Birds

Ukraine

  • Early Birds: Famous artist Kseniya Simonova designed an artwork made of sand which tells the experience of a preterm birth in a vivid and aesthetic way; Lighting, reportages, family meetings, consultations, payers, exchibitions, conferences and congresses, kids parties with release of balloons
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Image: Celebration with balloons (c) Ranenko
  • Ranenko: Public day in Kiev in the Mayor's House with 1,200 participants: professional, industries and families. Preterms with special latents showed their programme on the stage and meantime there were different activities for the children in the hall; Nine professionals answered questions of parents on breastfeeding, physical therapy, phycological issues etc.; Purple lighting together with Charity Foundation Svichado and UBB on Sofievska square; fundraising campaign for four Ukrainian clinics; Additionally ten further cities joined WPD celebration with a variety of events.
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Image: I love someone... (c) Hand to Hold

USA

  • Hand to Hold: Hand to Hold launched an appealing social media campaign I love someone who was born premature!
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Image: Word cloud (c) Graham's Foundation
  • Graham's Foundation: Social media campaign - Graham's Foundation asked parents to describe their preemies in one word. All 500 responses are represented in a poster.
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Image: Tennessee Sate Capitol Nashville (c) March of Dimes
  • March of Dimes: Lighting of Empire State Building and several other iconic buildings throughout the USA; Call for sharing own snapshots "in purple" and mannequinchallenge at MOD headquater
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World Prematurity Day 2016 material

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

  • Factsheet (in English)
  • World Prematurity Day toolkit (in English and German)
  • High Resolution Logo (in about languages)
  • Poster Template (in about 40 languages)
  • Facebook Cover (in about 40 languages)
  • Twitter Cover (in English)
  • Facebook and Twitter Profile Picture
  • Email Signature Banner (in English)
  • Socks line cutting pattern (in English and German)
  • Knitting instructions (in English and German)

 

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

Providing the toolkit and graphic material is the work of many creative individuals and involves time and expenses for EFCNI. Therefore, we call on you to please note the following rules for the appropriate use of the material:

Guidelines for the use of World Prematurity Day templates

  • Feel free to support your partner organisations or hospitals with the poster template and/or Facebook cover
  • Do not alter the image – it is what makes us recognizable around the world
  • Feel free to add the logos and names of your individual supporters and partners but do not remove or change the EFCNI logo
  • Use any World Prematurity Day material we offer only for raising awareness, for fundraising and information. Do NOT use the material for marketing or sales purposes of products or services
  • Do not alter the layout and design of the templates (e.g. colour, type, composition)

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World Prematurity Day factsheet

Please find summarised information on this awareness day in our updated 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

The German toolkit is a special issue referring to the initiative "Strong start for little heroes".

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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, 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.

 
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