World Prematurity Day

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.

2018 was a special year because we were celebrating the 10th anniversary since the foundation of World Prematurity Day in 2008. Under the slogan ‘Working together: Partnering with families in the care of small and sick newborns’, people joined the worldwide WPD celebrations. In our resources section, we provided special graphics for the 10th anniversary. 

The global theme for World Prematurity Day 2019 is:
Born too Soon: Providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place.



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Special thanks to our Platinum, Premium and Silver Partners AbbVie, Baxter, DSM, Natus, Nestlé Nutrition, Novartis, Philips Avent, and Takeda for supporting the creation of the EFCNI World Prematurity Day material.

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.