World Prematurity Day

(c) EFCNI: The Olympic tower in Munich is illuminated purple on WPD 2018

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!

Besides the colour purple which stands for sensitivity and exceptionality, the socksline has become a symbol for World Prematurity Day. The small pair of purple socks – framed by nine full-size baby socks – symbolises: 1 in 10 babies is born preterm. Worldwide.

The global theme for World Prematurity Day 2023 is:
small actions BIG IMPACT:
immediate skin-to-skin care
for every baby everywhere

We are happy to provide you with our new campaigning material for World Prematurity Day 2023 soon.

You will find further material like logo badges, social media graphics and banners – also available in several languages – and a Social Media Toolkit for your World Prematurity Day campaign. You can access all available materials as well as the toolkit also by clicking on the resources box below.

Resources for 2023

Events & Activities 2016-2023

Thank you to all supporters of World Prematurity Day 2023

We warmly thank the following parent and patient organisations, as well as national and international NGOs, healthcare- and research societies for supporting World Prematurity Day 2022!


Patient and parent organisations (in alphabetic order)

Collaborating international bilateral and multilateral agencies and NGOs

Collaborating national medical and research societies 

Research project partners 

Special thanks 

Moreover, we would like to thank our Platinum, Premium, Premium Project, and Silver Partners AstraZeneca, Chiesi, Janssen, Nestlé Nutrition Institute, Sanofi, Baxter, DSM, GE HealthCare, and Prolacta Bioscience for supporting the creation of the EFCNI World Prematurity Day material.