11 Months – 11 Topics

With the campaign “11 Months – 11 Topics”, launched in 2016, EFCNI’s social media and online communication focuses from February to December on one newborn health standard topic. They correspond to the eleven main subjects of the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health. Every month,  the corresponding topic is explained by sharing infographics, related publications, news, interviews, or guest articles.

“11 Months – 11 Topics” reaches out to health professionals and policy makers, but also to lay persons who are to benefit from the dissemination of the standards in the long run, namely the preterm babies and their parents, relatives, and friends. With this campaign, extensive information and best practice examples are shared in order to raise awareness of the need for standards.

Here you find an overview of the topics which are featured monthly:

  • February: Data collection and documentation
  • March: Birth and transfer
  • April: Follow-up and continuing care
  • May: NICU design
  • June: Medical care and clinical practice
  • July: Ethical decision-making and palliative care
  • August: Nutrition
  • September: Education and training
  • October: Patient safety and hygiene practice
  • November: Infant- and family-centred developmental care
  • December: Care procedures

For monthly updates regarding the standard topics, please visit our project website newborn-health-standards.org

Each month, the project highlights one standard in brief. Finde the standard in brief for July (Ethical decision making) and August (Nutrition) below:


In 2020, the project introduced its communication feature “My key demand for newborn health” citing medical experts and parent representatives ; you find the current quotes below:

For more, detailed information about the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health, please visit our project page.

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Video interviews on newborn health topics

In 2017, we launched a series of video interviews with the Chairs of the 11 Topic Expert Groups as part of the 11 months – 11 topics campaign. 

Data collection and documentation

Birth and transfer

Follow-up and continuing care

Medical care and clinical practice

Ethical decisions

NICU design

Patient safety and hygiene practice

Infant- & family-centred developmental care


Care procedures