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!

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.

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

2018 – the ten year anniversary of World Prematurity Day 

2018 was a special year as 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.  As EFCNI is based in Munich, Germany, it was, of course, a special highlight for us that one of the literally outstanding landmarks of Munich, the Olympic tower, was illuminated in purple, shining a light for preterm babies and their families.


The global theme for World Prematurity Day 2020 is:

World Prematurity Day 2020
Together for babies born too soon – Caring for the future

We are happy to provide you with campaigning material in more than 20 languages soon

You will find further material like logos, poster templates  – also available in several languages – and a social media toolkit for your World Prematurity Day campaign in our Resources section below.



Events & Activities 2009-2019

Thanks to all supporters of World Prematurity Day 2019

Special thanks to our Platinum, Premium, Premium Project, Silver and Bronze Partners AbbVie, Baxter, DSM, GE Healthcare, Natus, Nestlé Nutrition Institute, Novartis, Philips Avant, Prolacta, Sanofi Genzyme, Takeda and Vygon 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.