World Prematurity Day 2017

 

 

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. If you would like us to feature your World Prematurity Day event on our website, please send us a summary via this survey

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This year's global motto: Let them thrive!

In cooperation with a group of global organisations, we developed this year’s global theme “Let them thrive!” We highlighted the value of respectful care for preterm babies and their families provided by healthcare professionals and thanked them for their work. Respectful care encompasses mothers, babies, and families as a unit, from pre-pregnancy through labour, delivery, as well as treatment and care of the child. Please find the global advocacy toolkit, more information about the global motto and further materials here.

The World Health Organization (WHO), the Healthy Newborn Network, Save the Children, Every Woman Every Child, Every Preemie—SCALE, and many more, also supported the "Let them thrive!" theme highlighting that preterm birth rates are rising globally.

Special thanks also go to the more than 40 parent organisations and NGO's who endorsed the global theme. The graphic "Let them thrive" to share can be downloaded here.

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Selection of events

A selection of World Prematurity Day activities in 2017

Warm thanks to everyone for sharing all these wonderful activities for World Prematurity Day 2017 with us. We present you here below a selection of worldwide events. 

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Image: The EFCNI staff dressed in purple on 17 November (c) EFCNI

EFCNI

  • Group picture: the EFCNI staff dressed in purple, the colour of World Prematurity Day, to show our support and solidarity with preterm children and their families.

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EFCNI: A Strong Start for Little Heroes

  • Second edition of the large-scale initiative A Strong Start for Little Heroes, initiated by EFCNI: 170 neonatal intensive care units in Germany, Austria celebrated this special day with inhouse events. EFCNI provided them a diverse action package for the celebration of the event. View more about the A Strong Start for Little Heroes initiative including a selection of events (in German).

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Image: World Prematurity Day 2017 (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 2017 NFI World Prematurity Day Poster on which 47 nurseries around the globe are represented. For the third year in a row the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in Boston, the birthplace of the NFI and headquarters to the National NIDCAP Training Center, will be illuminated in purple. In addition this year, Boston City Hall and the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge of Worcester/Shrewsbury will also be lit in purple to mark World Prematurity day.
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Image: London World Prematurity Day Concert (c) LittleBigSouls
  • LittleBigSouls: Hosting the London World Prematurity Day Concert with Eleanor Turner and Mendi Singh.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2017 (c) Every Woman Every Child.
  • Every Woman Every Child: Under this year’s global theme “Let them thrive!”, Every Woman Every Child joined a global association of NGO's (including EFCNI) to mobilise  global support to improve the health and well-being of preterm babies and their mothers. Every Woman Every Child endorses the Every Newborn Action Plan.
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  • Maternal Health Task Force: MHTF has published a blog post highlighting critical issues in preterm birth for World Prematurity Day. 
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Image: (c) Save the Children
  • Save the Children (Nepal): Social Media Campaign in collaboration with global WPD group promoting the joint topic "Let them thrive!"
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Image: Winning picture of the drawing contest 2017 (c) ISPUP, Portugal

RECAP preterm

  • Research on European Children and Adults born Preterm (RECAP preterm) project members: To emphasise their commitment for preterm children and their families, the RECAP preterm project members supported World Prematurity Day by a joint online campaign coordinated by EFCNI.
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Image: Winning picture of the drawing contest 2017 (c) ISPUP, Portugal

SHIPS project

  • ISPUP – Instituto De Saúde Pública Da Universidade Do Porto, Portugal, a member of the Screening to Improve Health in Very Preterm Infants in Europe (SHIPS) project: Drawing contest dedicated to all children of the SHIPS cohort. This year these children are turning 6 years old. In a countdown to World Prematurity Day, EFCNI presented their inspiring paintings on social media in cooperation with ISPUP, Pais Prematuros, and XXS
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Image: Dr Verena Lindacher, Professor Rolf Maier, Johanna Walz, and Nicole Thiele expressed their support of World Prematurity Day 2017 (c) EFCNI
  • Members of "Workpackage 10": Dr Verena Lindacher, Johanna Walz and Nicole Thiele from EFCNI welcomed Professor Rolf Maier from the Philipps Universität Marburg at the EFCNI office in Munich to a “Workpackage 10” meeting as part of the RECAP preterm project. Like all members of the RECAP preterm project, they supported World Prematurity Day and shared a social media message with the research community.
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Cover of the compilation (c) AbbVie

Corporate partners

  • AbbVie AbbVie affiliates initiated or supported activities in 25 countries across the world from Argentina to Latvia and from Belgium to Taiwan. The local subsidiaries supported parent organisations to organise their events and the AbbVie employees were fully involved. Information and media campaigns reached countless individuals and created awareness for preterm birth. The company’s headquarters published a booklet with a collection of all activities.   

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Purple bear with CLDP Will Morrison (c) Baxter
  • Baxter: Headquarters in Deerfield, USA, organised a Global Neonatal Symposium to raise awareness of preterm birth with about 300 participants. Baxter employees told their NICU experiences and donated for an EFCNI project. Across Europe, Baxter facilities joined global efforts in places such as Benelux, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Hundreds of employees and their families came together to raise awareness, collected resources for local charities, and learned more about World Prematurity Day and its importance.

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Neonatal Care Academy (c) Natus
  • Natus: On their educational platform “Neonatal Care Academy”, which is addressed to clinicians, Natus has launched a free and on-demand education module on World Prematurity Day and how everything started. Speaker of this 40-minutes course is Silke Mader, chairwoman and Co-founder of EFCNI. In addition, Natus provides the factsheet “Welcoming the family in the neonatal intensive care unit” for free download.

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Nestlé employee hanging socks (c) Harald Schnauder
  • Nestlé Nutrition: All in purple: Nestlé’s German Headquarter in Frankfurt organised different activities for the World Prematurity Day and raised awareness of preterm birth among their employees. The cafeteria served purple food and offered purple drinks; Employees dressed-up in purple and in the morning of 17 November, they received cutting patterns for tiny socks to hang on a long socks line in the building. The Nestlé campus was illuminated for World Prematurity Day and colleagues had the opportunity to join a donation campaign for EFCNI.

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World Prematurity Day 2017 (c) Philips Avent
  • Philips Avent: social media campaign - a call for parents to share their experiences with preterm birth. Hundreds of mothers and fathers have followed the appeal.  

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Vygon Benelux celebrated World Prematurity Day
  • Vygon: For this 9th World Prematurity Day, several countries (France, Spain, USA, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Scandinavia, South Africa, Turkey…) coordinated varied activities. Grown-up preterms, families of preterm babies, healthcare professionals and members of healthcare foundations participated. Attendees were invited to discuss with healthcare professionals and to share their personal experiences.

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Image: Guía del derecho (c) Ministerio del Salud / UNICEF

Argentina

  • Argentinian Health Ministry in close collaboration with UNICEF: Several activities took place in Buenos Aires and other cities during the "semana del prematuro" (week of prematurity). This year, the campain took place for the eighth time and focused on the families' right of information and participation when it comes to decisions parents have to make for their babies. On Saturday, 11 November 2017, mothers of babies born preterm were invited to join the "Fiesta del Prematuro" at the Hospital Santojanni in Buenos Aires. From 13 November to 17 November, many other public hospitals were decorated and offered community activities for children and parents of preterm babies, such as games, little concerts, or stage plays. Talks on prematuritiy, the rights of preterm babies, and working with preterm babies and their families were given to raise awareness among parents and professionals.
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Image (c) Miracle Babies Foundation

Australia

  • The Miracle Babies Foundation: In honour of World Prematurity Day, the Miracle Babies Foundation raised awareness by sharing a personal story and they gave away ten handmade storks to new regular givers.
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Image (c) National Premmie Foundation
  • National Premmie Foundation: Clinicians and parents attended a morning tea at Queensland's largest public hospital. The importance of raising awareness was stressed.
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Image: Elisabeth Quay in Perth (c) Tiny Sparks WA, Australia
  • Tiny Sparks WA (Western Australia): In the city of Perth, the Bell Tower, Elisabeth Quay, and the Trafalgar Bridge lit up in purple thanks to Tiny Sparks WA. There were also some WPD celebrations at the King Edward Hospital where the co-founders and volunteers of Tiny Sparks WA met up with families of preterm babies, and a boxing fight night with amateur fighters competing to raise funds for the Women and Infants Research Foundation and Tiny Sparks WA.
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Image: Story Bridge in Brisbane, Australia
  • Again this year, the Story Bridge and the Victoria Bridge in Brisbane CBD were lit up purple for World Prematurity Day.
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Image (c) Preterm Infant's Parents Association (PIPA)
  • Preterm Infant's Parents Association (PIPA): The Preterm Infant's Parents Association shared many personal stories about preterm birth to raise awareness of this topic on WPD. 
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Image (c) Life's Little Treasures Foundation
  • Life's Little Treasures Foundation: The Life's Little Treasures Foundation organised a WPD morning tea for families in the NICU and Special care at the Mercy Hospital for Women in Melbourne. Staff and parents were invited, families received little presents, and it was an opportunity to chat and share experiences.
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Image (c) EFCNI

Austria

  • University Hospital Graz: The townhall of Graz and the administration building of the LKH-Univ. Klinikum / University Hospital Graz were lit up in purple and experts from the University State hospital informed the public about the risks and challenges of preterm birth at the main square in the afternoon of World Prematurity Day.
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Image (c) University Hospital Salzburg / SALK
  • University Hospital Salzburg / SALK: For the Neonatology department team of the University Hospital Salzburg (Uniklinikum Salzburg, SALK), 17 November 2017 was a special day in two respects. Not only did they celebrate World Prematurity Day, but they were also excited to receive "Paul", a preterm simulator which represents a preterm baby born at 27 weeks with realistic anatomy. This patient simulator provides a new and safe learning opportunity for critical care training in the neonatology. To raise awareness, several shops and buildings in Salzburg, including the Hohensalzburg Castle, were illuminated purple.
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Image: the Sint-Rombouts tower (Sint-Romboutstoren) in Mechelen lit up purple on WPD

Belgium

  • Vlaamse Vereniging voor Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VVOC): The Sint-Rombouts tower (Sint-Romboutstoren) in Mechelen lit up purple for preemies, and parents shared personal stories and pictures in the parent association's Facebook group. Parents were invited to register for a study day about parents' participation in neonatology, which took place at the Hotel Park Inn in Leuven on World Prematurity Day.
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Image (c) Department of Neonatology of the Hospital de la Mujer Dr Percy Boland Rodriguez

Bolivia

  • Department of Neonatology of the Hospital de la Mujer Dr Percy Boland Rodriguez: Staff and families of preterm babies celebrated World Prematurity Day at the Department of Neonatology of the Women's hospital. Erwin Román, Head of the Department of Neonatology, explained that 14.5% of babies born at this hospital are preterm births and engaged women to undergo all check-ups and examinations to prevent preterm birth whenever possible. To improve care at the department of neonatology, a new office for a doctor who specialises in preterm birth and preterm infants will be created in 2018. 
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Image (c) Our Premature Children

Bulgaria

  • Our Premature Children: The Bulgarian foundation raised awareness by illuminating several buildings and by presenting their project "Little Wonders" which aims to provide comprehensive support to the families of preterm children. 
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Image (c) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CAISM - Unicamp/Instituto Abrace

Brazil

  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CAISM - Unicamp/Instituto Abrace: Impressive decoration with lots of balloons to raise awareness of the causes, risks, and challenges of preterm birth.
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Image: the Peace Bridge between Canada and the United States was shining purple on WPD

Canada

  • The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation: Many landmarks across Canada went purple to raise awareness and to honour preemies, their families, and caregivers. Amongst them were the CN Tower in Toronto, the Kingston City Hall, the Confederation Building in St. John's, the BC Place and the Convention Hall in Vancouver, the Edmonton High Level Bridge, and the Peace Bridge at the Canadian US border. 
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Image: announcement of the WPD event at the Ottawa Hospital (c) Parents of Preemies Association
  • Parents of Preemies Association: The Parents of Preemies Association hosted the 5th annual World Prematurity Awareness event at the Ottawa Hospital. Parents had the opportunity to chat with professionals and volunteers at various information booths, and kids were invited to play some games, to draw pictures, to try an infant massage, or to join other activities such as facepainting.
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Image: (c) Neovidas

Chile

  • Neovidas: WPD celebrations at the NICUs of the Hospital Base Valdivia and Puerto Montt.
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Image: Invitation for educational event on WPD (c) Asprem
  • Asprem: Asprem organised educational encounters for families of preterm babies at the Clínica Bicentenario and the hospital Luis Tisné in Santiago de Chile. Healthcare professionals gave talks on various topics regarding preterm birth, and families were able to chat and share experiences with each other and the attending healthcare professionals. 
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Image (c) Red Sanar Medellín

Colombia

  • Red Sanar: Red Sanar Medellín, which was founded in 2016, organised a two-day event full of activities, celebrations, and talks to inform the public and to celebrate preemies and their families.
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Image (c) PALCICI

Croatia

  • Klub roditelja nedonoscadi PALCICI: Illuminations in 25 cities throughout Croatia organised by PALCICI and its local sub-organisations. Media campaign to raise awareness; parents gathered to raise awareness of the challenges and burden of preterm birth in their community.
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Image: Friends of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Association-Cyprus (FNICU)

Cyprus

  • Friends of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Association-Cyprus (FNICU): Together with the cyclists of the Panos Evripidou Foundation the cyprian parent organisation organised a special cycling and family event and distributed little gifts to raise awareness.
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Images - top: Nedoklubko collected more than 10,000 little socks; below: the dancing house in Prague (also known as Fred&Ginger) in purple (c) top: Nedoklubko / down: Radoslav Vnencak

Czech Republic

  • Nedoklubko: The Czech parent organisation Nedoklubko collected more than 10,000 little socks as a symbol for preterm babies and their families. This unique project was placed on exhibit at their impressive gala charity event at Zofin Palace a few days before World Prematurity Day. Families and professionals were welcomed to join. On World Prematurity Day, the dancing house in Prague (also known as Fred&Ginger) as well as many other buildings lit up in purple and Nedoklubko gave out presents to parents and NICUs and distributed flyers and magazines. 
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Image (c) YouTube / Karel Saarna

Estonia

  • City of Rõuge: The observation tower called Nesting Tree in Rõuge, Estonia, lit up in purple on World Prematurity Day. Usually, the Nesting Tree shines pink or blue for every newborn in the village.
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Image (c) SOS Préma

France

  • SOS Préma: SOS Préma and the hospital "Hôpital Privé la Châtaigneraie" organised a public event to mark World Prematurity Day. Visitors were provided with the opportunity to inform themselves at the SOS Préma information booth, to speak with healthcare professionals and to admire the little crocheted octupuses that the NICU now has in their incubators. SOS Préma launched a video on prematurity to inform the public and to broaden awareness.
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Image: (c) modernghana.com

Ghana

  • Trauma and Specialist Hospital, Winneba: The paediatric unit embarked on a march through the streets of Winneba as part of the occasion, together with other invited hospitals, churches and social organisations to celebrate children born before the normal gestational age of 9 months. The activity was rounded off with talks of nurses and other health professionals educating about the care for preterm born infants.
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White Tower of Thessaloniki gone purple

Greece

  • Ilitominon:
  • Singer/Songwriter Vassilis Babaniaris supported the Greek organisation Ilitominon and composed the ballad "Your Fighter" for World Prematurity Day 2017. 
    View more (Facebook in Greek) 
    Listen to the song (Youtube)
  • Broadcasting a TV-Spot on preterm birth which will be shown for a month on all Greek TV programs
    watch the spot here (Youtube)
  • Illuminating the White Tower in Thessaloniki
  • Co-organising a workshop “Positioning for Premature Baby Development” together with the NICU's of the General Hospital of Nikea (Piraeus) and the NICU of General & Maternity District Hospital "Helena Venizelou".

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Image: Illumination Chain Bridge Budapest (c) Melleted a helyem.

Hungary

  • Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you: A singing flash-mob gathered at the Chain Bridge which was again illuminated in purple lights, symbolically bridging between stakeholders and facilitators. "Tiny Messages" were handed over to politicians. There was a press conference and the premier of the documentary "Life in the NICU".
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Image: KORE (c)
  • KORE (Koraszülöttekért Közhasznú Egyesület):The organisation activated its nationwide network and had buildings and institutions all over Hungary illuminated in purple. Highlights were the Palace of arts and the facade of the Corvinus University in Budapest.
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Iceland

  • Fyrirburar:The organisation encouraged parents of preemies to share their stories and got one big article published in a national online magazine Visir.
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Image: World Prematurity Day 2017 (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: Irish National Health Alliance

Ireland

  • Irish National Health Alliance: Every NICU in Ireland received a NICU hamper from the INHA on November 17th containing premature baby clothing, linen, blankets, hats, incubator covers, kangaroo mothercare sweaters, cosynests, journals and pens, toiletries, waterwipes, boxes of chocolates, angel gowns, water bottles, handwashing tags and much more. Purple illumination of Landmarks to celebrate the 4500 babies born too early in Ireland this year again, many Irish landmarks were illuminated in purple light on the night of November 17th. Furthermore a medical symposium and workshops were held e.g. on empowerment, education, and partnership and a nationwide media coverage on the issue of preterm birth was achieved.
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Image: Illumination of Palazzo Papale in Viterbo (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.  Symposium together with Il Bucaneve about future clinical care procedures for preterm infants in Messina. A photo exhibition, a prize draw and baloon flying at the hospital M.P. Arezzo in Ragusa. 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, in theaters, in conference halls, etc.
    View more (Website Piccino Piccio in Italian)

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Image: Insieme per crescere
  • Insieme Per Crescere Onlus:
    Besides an info point with experts informing about preterm birth there was a photo exhibition "Piccolissimo me" at the Bolognini hospital in Seriate and a playground for kids where games were organised by a therapist. At the library in Costa Volpino there was a book release of the autobiographic story of a mother and her preterm son, accompanied by neonatal experts.
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Infographic by County Innovation Challenge Fund, Kenya.

Kenya

  • County Innovation Challenge Fund: World Prematurity Day has been the vehicle to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide. Kenya is ranked no. 15 globally with the highest number of premature births out of 188 countries. Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) has noticeably reduced infant mortality amongst preterm born babies - hence a campaign was launched on WPD promoting KMC as a low-cost, high-impact measurement to decrease infant mortality. Infographics were distributed for free download. 
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Image: Neisnesiotukas

Lithuania

  • Neisnesiotukas: Illuminating the cityhall of Vilnius, the Vilnius Zverynas Bridge, the Lietuvos Energija building, the singing oak tree in Ukmerge, the Mercure Hotel in Marijampole, the cityhall of Marijampole, the culture palace in Marijampole, the community centre in Pasvalys, the familytheatre "Art", and the community centre of Klaipeda. Reunions and celebrations in the University Hospital in Vilnius and the clinic in Siauliai.
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Image: Padedu augti
  • Padedu augti: The gynaecological-, obstetrical- and neonatal units in clinics in Kaunas invited preterms, their mothers and family members to gather to celebrate and raise awareness for preterm birth. Chaplains blessed the babies and their mothers. There were relaxing massages for mother and child followed by an art therapy. 
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Image: Lulka

Macedonia

  • Lulka - Association for care and education: A gathering with Macedonian experts in neonatology and the deputy minister of health was held at the Aleksandar Palace Hotel where drawings of former preterm children were exhibited. A Family day in Skopje was organised and a special newsletter sent to the network.
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Malaysia

  • University of Malaya Medical Centre: The Medical Centre organised a big open air event with a Superpreemie Run with children, parents and medical staff participating on behalf of World Prematurity Day.
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Image: Erasmus MC Rotterdam

Netherlands

  • Erasmus MC Rotterdam: Sophia Kinderziekenhuis celebrated WPD with decorations and was supported by mascot Olli, the elephant. Several Landmarks in Rotterdam were lit in purple e.g. the Erasmus Bridge and the Hofplein Fountain.
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Image: Couveuseouders

Netherlands

  • Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen/Kleine Kanjers: Development and publication of the book "Borstvoeding geven aan je prematuur" (Breastfeeding your preterm infant); A poster of the 2017 theme "Together we care" was sent to all hospitals highlighting the partnership of parents and healthcare professionals in the daily care. 2000 copies of VOC's quaterly were distributed to the parents in the hospitals; a Symposium for healthcare professionals; illumination of about 20 buildings all around the country; Photoshootings in about 30 hospitals with preterm infants and their parents. In Blogposts on the organisations website  parents could share their experiences and personal stories.
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Image: Scientific conference in Oman (c) Sultan Qaboos University Hospital

Oman

  • Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in close collaboration with the Oman Pediatric Society: One day Scientific Conference with about 260 participating doctors, nurses and further healthcare professionals. 14 local speakers from different fields spoke on new findings in the field of newborn health.

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Image: Children's "prom" event (c) Fundacja Wczesniak / Mariole Wachowiak

Poland

  • Fundacja Wczesniak: Magdalena Sadecka-Makaruk, the founder of Fundacja Wczesniak, has been invited as a guest of the Polish TV show “Questions for breakfast” and talked about the foundation and the emotions of parents of preterm babies. Fundacja Wczesniak also participated in several family events in cooperation with hospitals in Poland, like a special “prom” event for preterm children.
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Image: Announcement of the family event (c) Wczesniakowo
  • Wczesniakowo in support of Fundacja Swiadomi Rodzice: Gathering of preterm children and their parents at a kindergarden in Ruda Slaska in the South of Poland. The motto of the day focused on the challenges and achievements of these little patients.
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Image: Poster of the family event (c) Pais Prematuros

Portugal

  • Pais Prematuros in close cooperation with the Hospital São João: Family event with the screening of a movie and an exhibition of artworks related to the subject of prematurity. In a handicraft workshop, visitors could make little presents for babies on the neonatology unit. Later, people gathered for a flashmob in the garden of the hopital and after visiting a mass, the day was rounded off with a cosy get-together with cake and the hand-over of the little presents to the unit.
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Image: Campaign image (c) XXS
  • XXS - Associação Portuguesa de Apoio ao Bebé Prematuro: XXS started a campaign called XXS – XXL “Pequeno no tamanho, Grande no coração" (small in size, big at heart) that directly involves Portuguese families. They asked people to knit hats and babysuits for preterm babies in neonatal intensive care units. On their website, they provided DIY videos with knitting instructions. They also presented the campaign on various occasions, e.g. at a Conference for Neonatology in Covilhã, a city in the Centro region in Portugal.
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Image: picture of grown up preterm infants, taken in a special photo cabin (c) Unu si Unu

Romania

  • Asociatia Unu si Unu: At a family event at the municipal hospital in Bucharest, preterm children and their parents returned to the hospital they had been treated after their birth and celebrated their successful struggle to survive and to thrive, and where they united and strengthened each other. They had fun and took gorgeous pictures in a photo cabin. Besides this, Unu si Unu started the “I care” campaign in which mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, and many more people, expressed their support of WPD. In addition, 35 painters donated their work to collect funds. Company staff members as well as private persons also contributed and gave money for new projects and NICU equipment.
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Image: Awareness campaign for Kangaroo Care (c) Asociatia Prematurilor
  • Asociatia Prematurilor: For this year’s WPD, Asociatia Prematurilor highlighted the importance of Kangaroo Care and celebrated the introduction of Kangaroo Care including special equipment like Kangaroo charis at the Spitalul Clinic Dr. I. Cantacuzino with a colourful family event. In parallel to this, they created an awareness campaign to highlight the importance of skin-to-skin care in maternal units in Romania in which they encouraged their followers on social media to share their personal story of preterm birth. They also featured best practice examples of hospitals in the country.
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Image: Positive messages were projected on the floor of the NICU (c) Baby Care Sibiu
  • Baby Care Sibiu: Baby Care Sibiu celebrated WPD with three events. First, they organised a festive meeting and unforgettable evening with “little heroes”, former patients of a neonatal intensive care unit and their families. Second, they released an emotional book of parents whose children had been on the neonatal unit in Sibiu. It is especially targeted at mothers who experiences the challenges of preterm birth for the first time in their lives and who need support. Third, a great project for the support of families was launched in the NICU in Sibiu. The story of “NICU graduates” and positive messages were projected on the floor to support affected families and visitors of the unit. In addition, a digital information centre was installed in the unit that provides useful information for parents, like prematurity, complications, care procedures, lactation, etc. 
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Image: World Prematurity Day in Saudi Arabia (c) #31 MCH-NICU Hospital

Saudi Arabia

  • Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia in cooperation with the #31 MCH-NICU Hospital: To represent the voice of newborns in Saudi Arabia and their families, the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia celebrated World Prematurity Day from 16 to 17 November 2017 at the #31 MCH-NICU Hospital with the support of the NIDCAP Federation International. Warm thanks also go to EFCNI and to the #31 MCH -NICU Hospital of the Ministry of Health and all the hospitals which supported the day with own events: Alyamamah Hospital, King Salman Hospital, King Saud Medical City, MCH Dammam, Hufof Hospital, Qatif Central Hospital ,King Faisal Taif Hospital,King Abdulazis Hospital Herra MCH Hospital, MCH Khamis Hispital, King Fahad Albaha, Uhod MCH Hospital, King Fahad Central Hospital of Jezan, Care National Hospital, Hail MCH Hospital, and Buraida MCH Hospital. Highlights of event was the illumination if Faisaliyah Tower and Kingdom Tower in coordination with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health.

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Image: World Prematurity Day in Slovakia (c) Malicek

Slovakia

  • Malicek: Awareness campaign through several activities all around Slovakia: More than 200 packages with small gifts – from mothers to mothers – found their way to 12 hospitals all around Slovakia; the organisation granted the Purple Heart Award to five important personalities which showed that doctors, nurses, organisations and also parents are making life of preterm children better and more aggreeable; concerts were held in 3 big cities, around 400 people attended our wonderful events; Pub quiz in Bratislava and Brussels  where people got a chance to learn more about being a parent of a preterm child; discussion with preterm parents:  Life with a preterm child can bring a joy - four mothers were talking about their way since their preterm children were born. Students from medical and nurses schools attended the discussion, met parents and listened to their real-life experiences; purple Illumination in eight cities which followed by articles in several local newspapers.

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Image via www.amplifier.org.za

South Africa

  • Huggies(R) (South Africa): To show their support to parents and premature babies in South Africa, Huggies® donated 100 cases of Huggies® Preemie nappies, that is 3 000 nappies in total, to a Neonatal Care Unit at Tembisa Hospital in Tembisa, Johannesburg. The company also encouraged South Africans to wear purple and to purchase the official R10 World Prematurity Day sticker at Toys R Us, South Africa, who collaborated with them.
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Image: Illuminated museum

Spain

  • Prematura in close collaboration with the Real Academia de San Fernando: Illumination of the Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.

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Sweden

  • NeoVaggan: Family day with coffee and cake. Mothers and fathers celebrated together with other famileis and staff. Opportunity for exchanging experiences.

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Switzerland

  • Ferring: Ferring Switzerland organised specific activities and alert to the employees to raise awareness for preterm birth.

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Image: PBF of Taiwan

Taiwan

  • Zao chan' er jijin hui (Premature Baby Foundation of Taiwan): 
    Countless buildings wer lit in purple in Taipeh including the Opera, the Taipeh World Trade Centre, the Kaohsiung Financial Centre, Hotels and Temples. There were meet ups with former preterms, their parents and hospital staff, a press conference on preterm birth organised by the National Health Department, charity activities supported by athletes and festive activities in hospitals. 
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Image: Doris Mollel; photo credit: CCBRT/ Doris Mollel Foundation

Tanzania

  • Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT): Blogpost on the webpage and a social media campaign. Participation in a partner event from the Doris Mollel Foundation.

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Image (c) El Bebek Gül Bebek

Turkey

  • Premature Bebek / El Bebek Gül Bebek: Cooperation between EBGBand its partner Prima: Prima donated all preemie diapers to public hospitals and provides funds for EBGB to establish the first babymother adaptation room in CAPA hospital.  Press conference and full page advertisement in national newspapers.We celebrated WPD with doctors, nurses and families in public hospital.We gathered as EBGB family for brunch. Deutsche Bank run for our preemies to raise funds in Vodafone Istanbul Marathon. EBGB was on E-Bebek radio.  Article was written for national newspaper.  

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Image (c) Early Birds

Ukraine

  • Early Birds: Lightings e.g. in Kiev (3 locations), Poltava, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil, Vinnitsya, Chernivstci; family days in the same cities, conferences e.g. in Ternopil, Kiev, and Poltava.

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Image (c) CHIFA Newborn CAre Project

United Kingdom

  • Global Healthcare Information Network / HIFA.org: Global discussion on Newborn Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: The CHIFA Newborn Care Project invited to join a global discussion to explore and address how to improve quality of care for newborns within the overall care continuum, particularly for those born small and sick in low and middle-income countries.

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Image: The San Francisco city hall lit purple (c) California Preterm Birth Initiative

USA

  • The California Preterm Birth Initiative: The Initiative held a multi-day research symposium and press conference with San Francisco city officials, and lit city hall purple.

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Venezuela

  • Hospital Central Universitario Dr. Antonio María Pineda: 5th participation in World Prematurity Day; a symposium for healthcare professionals was held as well as a family day at the following day. Families with infants discharged from neonatology service Kolman Puterman and from the Central University Hospital Antonio María Pineda gathered in the City of Bsrquisimeto.

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World Prematurity Day 2017 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, Baxter, Natus, Nestlé Nutrition Institute, Philips Avent, Shire, and DSM for supporting the issuing of the campaign material for World Prematurity Day.  

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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