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. The international co-founders LittleBigSouls (Africa), March of Dimes (USA) and National Premmie Foundation (Australia) joined the celebrations and made World Prematurity Day an intercontinental movement. 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 entering your activity and the difference you make on the EFCNI Changemaker Map. Once added, your input will stay online and can be read by many people around the world.
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
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.