Events and activities
Global motto 2019: Born too Soon: Providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
Global motto 2018: Working together: Partnering with families in the care of small and sick newborns
In cooperation with our global World Prematurity Day advocacy group, we developed a global theme for the second time: This year “Working together: Partnering with families in the care of small and sick newborns” was the claim we spread worldwide. It was our common goal to raise awareness for the importance of care for preterm babies and their families provided by healthcare professionals, including parents as partners. Care encompasses doctors, nurses, mothers, fathers, babies, and other family members 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.
Special thanks go to the Healthy Newborn Network, Save the Children, Every Woman Every Child, Every Preemie—SCALE, the more than 50 parent organisations and medical societies, who supported the global theme.
A selection of World Prematurity Day activities in 2018
Warm thanks to everyone for sharing all these wonderful activities for World Prematurity Day 2018 with us. We present you here below a selection of worldwide events.
EFCNI: Illumination of the Olympic Tower in Munich
This year, for the first time, one of the most famous landmarks of Munich, the Olympic Tower, was illuminated in the official purple colour of World Prematurity Day. The Olympic tower in Munich was opened in 1968 and is integral part of the Olympic Park that hosted the Summer Olympics in 1972. Our particular thanks go to the City of Munich and its public company Olympiapark München GmbH for making the illumination possible and to Munich’s mayor Dieter Reiter for supporting World Prematurity Day with an official statement.
EFCNI: 10 Years Anniversary Conference
To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of EFCNI, a two-day conference took place at the Klinikum Dritter Orden Munich, Germany with the title „Neonatology of the future – following new paths“ (“Neonatologie der Zukunft – neue Wege gehen”). At the EFCNI anniversary symposium, experts discussed trends and challenges in neonatology.
EFCNI: A Strong Start for Little Heroes
Third edition of the large-scale initiative A Strong Start for Little Heroes, initiated by EFCNI: Over 170 neonatal intensive care units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland 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).
Save the Children (Bangladesh): To mark World Prematurity Day, the Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS sector has taken up several engagements with media, social media as well as on the ground to spread the word about preventing premature births and managing complication of prematurity through Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC).
Save the Children (Nigeria): The colour of the day was purple with purple t-shirts, decorations & a socks line. The event was aimed at creating awareness on the causes of prematurity, risk reduction strategies as well as signs and symptoms of pre term labour. Awareness on KMC (Kangaroo Mother Care) using IEC material in Hausa language with demonstrations and return demonstrations by participants. Key members of the local government health team took the KMC challenge. Baby socks, shawl, hand wash and bathing soap were also distributed.
Unicef (New York Headquarters): UNICEF New York headquarters celebrated world prematurity day on 29th November 2018 with focus on the theme “Working together: Partnering with families in the care of small and sick newborns” to create global awareness of the epidemiological burden, challenges and gaps for small and sick newborn care in health facilities and to highlight UNICEF’s response to scaleup proven interventions to ensure each small and the sick newborn survives and thrives.
Every Preemie SCALE – PCI Global: On World Prematurity Day 2018, Every Preemie—SCALE introduced the latest in its Do No Harm Technical Brief Series, Family Participation in the Care of the Inpatient Newborn. This brief highlights the importance of family involvement during inpatient care; how the lack of family engagement can cause unintentional harm; current evidence-based best practices; existing WHO recommendations; system requirements; and actions that can be taken by policy makers, program planners and implementers, facility leaders, health care providers, and families to improve family engagement and related health outcomes. With the release of this newest brief, Every Preemie—SCALE and partners emphasize the importance of families and health providers working together to care for inpatient newborns, and acknowledge the invaluable role of all stakeholders in the healthy development of these vulnerable babies.
AbbVie: Besides World Prematurity Day celebrations of the staff at the AbbVie headquarters in Chicago, AbbVie supported many international patient organisations to celebrate the day around the globe. The Prematurity Baby Foundation in Taiwan engaged government officials, baseball stars and a popular actress for a countdown video on Facebook. In addition, five capital landmarks in Taiwan like the Taipei Xinyi Business Alliance lit up purple on the day and team events were held by AbbVie Brazil.
Baxter: Baxter celebrated World Prematurity Day in a dozen countries, engaging hundreds of employees. They set up a global neonatal symposium, launched a campaign where colleagues shared their NICU story, and organised fundraising events in their branches worldwide.
Nestlé Nutrition: Next to supporting the campaign A Strong Start for Little Heroes in collaboration with EFCNI, the Nestlé Competence Center shone in purple for World Prematurity Day. In addition, World Prematurity Day was also celebrated at the paediatric conference “2. Irschenberger Pädiatertreff” in Irschenberg, Germany.
Tiny Sparks: Purple illumination of Brisbane’s Story and Victoria bridge for prems all over the world.
RPA “Rano”: An WPD healthcare professionals, preterm born children and their families, professional artists and journalists came together. There were workshops, a charity concert and a playground. Healthcare products were donated to the neonatology department of the Belarusian hospital of child birth.
Vlaamse Vereniging voor Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VVOC): We organised a family day with parents of preterm children to give them an opportunity to exchange their experiences. We put up a clothes line with little socks showing name, weight and birth date of the babies to see how happy and strong the children are now.
Our Premature Children Foundation: Organised an event for preterm children and their families with snacks, beverages and opportunities for the children to play together and celebrate World Prematurity Day.
Canadian Premature Babies Foundation: Landmarks all over Canada were illuminated in purple light and families and staff came together in many hospitals to celebrate World Prematurity Day.
Miracle Babies Cyprus: During 2018 World Prematurity Week Miracle Babies Cyprus worked diligently to raise awareness on prematurity, through direct interaction with people at the Mall of cyprus. They were invited to five different TV Talkshows, to talk about premature birth. They also raised funds for uprading the NICU at the Archbishop Makarios Hospital in Nicosia with a modern Spacelabs monitor.
Cyprus Society of Perinatal Medicine: The Archaeological Museum of Nicosia and Medieval Castles of Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos were illuminated in purple. Three TV channels informed on prematurity. In the Makarios Hospital in Nicosia presents were given to babies and parents and a monitor was donated.
MTÜ Enneaegsed lapsed: Purple illumination of important landmarks in Estonia, including Pesapuu Tower in Rõuge and multiple hospitals. Also multiple postings on social media in order to raise awareness for World Prematurity Day.
Kevyt: Information and networking event with preterm birth experts for (expecting) parents and relatives to exchange experiences and support each other.
Also multiple Finnish landmarks were illuminated in purple light.
SOS Préma: SOS Préma and its volunteers organized different events in different cities of France to raise awareness and celebrate World Prematurity Day. SOS Préma launched a video on prematurity to inform the public and to broaden awareness.
AFPNC: AFPNC organsised a variety of different rallies and events all over Ghana, which included purple illumination of buildings, blood donation exercisees, free healthscreenings, networking experiences for preterm parents and much more.
Ilitominon: The White Tower of Thessaloniki was illuminated in purple on November 16th. On November 18th,Ilitominon together with 2 hospitals organized a conference for healthcare professionals on Family-Centred Developmental Care.On November 24th, healthcare professionals and parents participated in the conference at the Conference at the Cultural Center of Municipality of Egaleo to discuss preterm birth and its consequences for the families and the community.
Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you: Purple illumination of the Chain Bridge in Budapest and holding a joint press conference as a Call to Action for Family Centred Neonatal Care with the Ministry of Human Resources.
Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you: Tiny Feet’s Village dressed in purple and opened its gates for all ex preemies and their families. In the evening the Semmelweis University Building was illuminated in purple. TV and radio reports were given and newspaper articles were published on the event.
Irish Neonatal Health Alliance: Iconic Irish landmarks were illuminated in purple light on Nov 17th. Furthermore, the INHA launched a book titled “Back to Basics… Bonding and Attachment in the Neonatal Unit” and delivered copies to all NICUs for World Prematurity Day. Hampers with INHA publications and other goodies were also delivered to the NICUs.
Vivere Onlus: Purple illumination of many landmarks in Italy to raise awareness and sensibilise for preemies and their families. Under the motto “We give preemies a voice”, Vivere Onlus in cooperation with preemie mother Barbara Melotto and songwriter Federico Spagnoli created a song called “Io ti aspetto lo stesso” and a karaoke version of the song for you to join the cause and sing along.
Neišnešiotukas: Organized a party with animators, a flash-mob and letting balloons rise up into the air. Charity basketball game between two local teams with a preterm birth exhibition, all the proceeds were donated.
Padedu augti: For the sixth time they lighted up the symbol of Kaunas city – Town Hall Square in purple and had an event at the Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kauno klinikos. We organized a memorable event with doctors, nurses and preemie parents. After this event we visited preemie parents ant donated woolen plaids.
The Republic of North Macedonia
Lulka – Association for care and education: As they organized a theater show starring preemie children, together with the children and their parents they sent a message of support and solidarity to those who are confronted with the obstacle that is preterm birth.
Prematurforeningen: They organised an informal meeting where nurses and special educators were invited. Also a music therapist performed a singing lesson and a reading was held for the visitors.
XXS – Portuguese Association for the Support of Premature Baby: The mentors of the protoguese parent organization “For parents XXS” celebrated with us WPD at the hospital Douro und Vouga (Chedv).
Baby Care Sibiu: Organized a meeting with former preemie patients and their parents, and had fun and lighthearted disscusions with them and their families.
Unu si Unu: Unu si Unu was celebrating World Prematurity Day with multiple activities.
They co-organized the “Premature Baby Parade” at Bukarest University Hospital. Joining in the celebrations were doctors, nurses and parents as the “graduated” babies walked the hospitals red carpet.
In addition, they initiated a relay-race under the motto “One in ten windows is purple” in Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, where the families of premature new born babies can illuminate a window of their house in purple, drawing attention on the issue of premature birth.
They organised an event where 7 “books”, a nurse, a doctor, a psychologist, a mother, a father, a sister and a mother from Family Centred Care, were publicly available to tell about their NICU experience.
They also illuminated the Ministry on Health on top of many other landmarks and buildings throughout Romania.
Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia in cooperation with the #31 MCH-NICU Hospital: Faisaliyah Tower is one of the landmarks of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and was illuminated to celebrate 2018 World Prematurity Day.
Malíček: Celebration of WPD in Slovakia was taking place in several cities – Bratislava hosted wonderful evening “Purple Heart Award”; in Kosice we prepared together with their NICU 1 day event “Purple Festival” for meeting families and caregivers and educational training for nurses. In Presov, 3rd biggest city in Slovakia, we co-organized concert. Illumination in 8 cities brought attention to WPD topic. Almost 300mothers in 13hospitals were given small gifts from our organisation.
APREM: This year the Minister of Health of Madrid attended the WP celebrations at the Hospital Clinico San Carlos. There was a lecture about FI Care, and APREM recognized the parents support in the Neonatology Unit with a “Sock Award”. The main Spanish TV channels reported on the event.
El Bebek Gul Bebek: On November 17, 2018 one of the biggest newspapers published an interview with 3 premie mothers, who are members of El Bebek Gul Bebek, about their stories and a new project. They held a brunch & community building meeting with more than 30 premature babies/children and their parents (60 people) and their supporters. This event has been broadcasted on prime time news of Star TV channel. They also had more than 2000 mini socks knitted and these were given to pediatricians as WPD presents during Turkish Pediatric Congress.
Ranni Ptashky (Early Birds): Lighting of buildings, family days, conferences and exhibitions took place in 18 cities of Ukraine for the WPD, for example St. Sophia Cathedral and Gulliver Trade Center. A touching exhibition was launched on November 17th called “Fathers in focus”, to stress the importance of the role of the father in the NICU.
March of Dimes: The Empire State Building was illuminated in purple on World Prematurity Day. March of Dimes encouraged parents and family members of preemies to share their story on social media to raise awareness and support everybody affected by preterm birth.
Global motto 2017: Let them thrive!
In cooperation with a group of global organisations, we developed the 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.
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.
EFCNI: A Strong Start for Little Heroes
Second edition of the large-scale initiative A Strong Start for Little Heroes, initiaded 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).
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.
LittleBigSouls: Hosting the London World Prematurity Day Concert with Eleanor Turner and Mendi Singh.
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.
Maternal Health Task Force: MHTF has published a blog post highlighting critical issues in preterm birth for World Prematurity Day.
Save the Children (Nepal): Social Media Campaign in collaboration with global WPD group promoting the joint topic “Let them thrive!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Premmie Foundation: Clinicians and parents attended a morning tea at Queensland’s largest public hospital. The importance of raising awareness was stressed.
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.
Again this year, the Story Bridge and the Victoria Bridge in Brisbane CBD were lit up purple for World Prematurity Day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neovidas: WPD celebrations at the NICUs of the Hospital Base Valdivia and Puerto Montt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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”.
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”.
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.
Fyrirburar: The organisation encouraged parents of preemies to share their stories and got one big article published in a national online magazine Visir.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Republic of North 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
World Prematurity Day 2016
World Prematurity Day keeps growing and has long turned into a global movement. In 2016, people from more than 120 countries united around the world and celebrated the 6th World Prematurity Day on 17 November. Some of them joined us for the first time, among them participants from Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Columbia, Ethiopia or Egypt. EFCNI screened more than 200 special events worldwide and the global World Prematurity Day Facebook page reached about 5.4 million people. The number of purple lightings, one of the symbols of this awareness day, increased by about 20 percent.
We were also overwhelmed by the positive feedback on our World Prematurity Day initiative A Strong Start for Little Heroes:EFCNI offered hospitals in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland a diverse action package for the celebration of the event. More than 150 hospitals joined us. Besides this, EFCNI had the opportunity to speak at various conferences and to give several interviews. To honour 17 November, the EFCNI team wore purple and created a special social media series about the topic of family-centred care.
A big thank you to everyone who once again made World Prematurity Day a special day. You helped us raise awareness for the cause of preterm babies and their families. We also warmly thank our global network and corporate partners for the fruitful cooperations and everyone who sent us details about their events and shared them on the EFCNI Changemaker Map.
A selection of World Prematurity Day activities in 2016
Warm thanks to everyone for sharing all these wonderful activities for World Prematurity Day 2016 with us. We present you here below a selection of worldwide events.
EFCNI: A Strong Start for Little Heroes
Large-scale initiative A Strong Start for Little Heroes: Neonatal intensive care units in Germany and Austria were invited to celebrate this special day with inhouse events. EFCNI offered them a diverse action package for the celebration of the event. More than 150 hospitals with neonatal intensive care units participated. View more about the A Strong Start for Little Heroesevents on the international project website or the German project website.
Our entire EFCNI team wore purple on 17 November to express our support for World Prematurity Day
EFCNI created a special social media series for World Prematurity Day, focusing on the topic of family-centred and developmentally supportive care
Media coverage about World Prematurity Day: Newspapers (e.g. Süddeutsche Zeitung, Münchner Merkur), TV programmes (e.g. ZDF Mona Lisa, WDR)
Talk by EFCNI Chair Silke Mader about ‘Eltern sind keine Besucher – Eltern sind Eltern’ (‘Parents aren’t visitors – parents are parents). World Prematurity Day celebration at one-day symposium ‘Zu früh im Leben’, University Hospital Bonn.
Talk by EFCNI Chair Silke Mader about ‘Frühgeborene brauchen eine Lobby’ (‘Preterm infants need a lobby’) at 10th anniversary symposium of Harl.e.kin-Nachsorge Nuremberg at Klinikum Nuremberg.
NIDCAP Federation International (NFI): In tribute to the families, nursery staff and hospitals that provide sensitive and nurturing care, the NFI shared its 2016 NFI World Prematurity Day Poster on which 47 nurseries around the globe are represented. In addition, lighting of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in Boston,the birthplace of the NFI and headquarters to the National NIDCAP Training Center.
Screening to Improve Health In very Preterm InfantS in Europe (SHIPS) project: The SHIPS project team is sharing a special poster on World Prematurity Day. The mission of the SHIPS project is to improve follow-up programmes in Europe for better health in children born very preterm. EFCNI is proud partner of this project.
LittleBigSouls: Launch of a social media campaign which celebrates children born preterm and their parents with a photo shooting.
MamaYe – Evidence for Action: Kangaroo Mother Care challenge and Media Roundtable on KMC in Nigeria; Publication of updated factsheets on prematurity in Nigeria and Malawi; Publication of infographics on prematurity in several African countries.
Natus: Educational seminar/Presentation on Challenges of Prematurity and simple measure to be taken to change outcomes.
Philips Avent: Social Media series on behalf of World Prematurity Day.
Save the Children: Family Day in the hospital in Gondar, Ethiopia, celebration together with hospital staff. Save the Children Bangladesh organised a roundtable in collaboration with several NGOs such as the Bangladesh Pediatric Association, the Bangladesh Neonatal Forum, the Bangladesh Perinatal Society, and UNICEF; huge media coverage
Shire: Shire celebrated World Prematurity Day on both sides of the Atlantic, e.g. in Switzerland and in the USA. With several events the enterprise raised awareness with purple decoration and information leaflets on the one hand and with special World Prematurity Day cakes on the other hand.
Vygon: Vygon took part in the World Prematurity Day in more than 15 countries this year (France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, South Africa, Japan, Germany (Datteln), UK, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, etc).They organised diverse activities like information events in hospitals (like University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), University Hospital Saint-Luc in Brussels, Hospital Center Régional De Namur, etc.) for medical staff and parents. In addition, they arranged lunch celebrations, photography contests, family programmes, and a choir performance by grown-up preterm children. Vygon staff members teamed up and wore purple to commemorate the special day. Many media reported about the events.
The Story Bridge in Brisbane, Australia, went purple for World Prematurity Day Australia.
Miracle Babies Foundation: Amazing fundraising campaign: Installation of 2,500 handmade origami paper storks in the foyer of NSW Parliament House – 1 bird for every 10 preterm babies born in Australia this year. Additional social media campaign (storytelling about prematurity, encouraging people to share their personal experiences)
Life’s Little Treasures Foundation (LLFT): LLFT informs about WPD and calls premie families to take part in sharing memories, photos or drawings on social media by tagging their stories with #LifesLittleTreasures #WorldPrematurityDay
L’il Aussie Prems Foundation: L’il Aussie Prems Foundation gave valuable information about World Prematurity Day and asked everyone to help spread the word. Amongst other helpful links the foundation asked to light a candle on 17th November 2016 at 7pm, take a photo of with one’s family and the candle, and post it on the NPF Facebook page and the Official World Prematurity Facebook pages. By suggesting to update facebook profile images, cover photos and to place a WPD banner on one’s blog, they hope to reach as many people as possible.
Preterm Infants’ Parents’ Association (PIPA): Big family event at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, lovely storytelling/social media campaign (parents shared their memories and photostories).
FRÜH R LEBEN/Salzburger Landeskliniken – Universitätsklinikum Salzburg (SALK): To honour World Prematurity Day, Neonatology Department of the university hospital Salzburg (Uniklinikum Salzburg, SALK) held a Preemie- & Baby-Event on 12 November offering entertainment and a activity programme for children and families, various information stands, a book stand and a Charity Stand of the foundation “Früh R Leben” and the clinic´s neonatal team.
Néonid Belgium and PBF Premature Baby & Family: In collaboration with PBF Premature Baby & Family, Néonid Belgium presented an educational video about prematurity and the challenges of families in Belgium affected by prematurity. In addition, they gave presents to parents in neonatal intensive care units in Belgium.
PBF Premature Baby & Family and CHC Liège Hospital: Production of a video highlighting Belgian families affected by preterm birth and parents organisations united with medical team for continuous support to families. Video was sent to NICUs for World Prematurity Day. Hospitals and gathered in the evening at the Office Nationale de L’enfance headquarters for the premiere of the video. CHC Liège: St-Vincent Clinic (Rocourt) was participating in World Prematurity Day with its CHN neonatology department, which had a stand in the lobby of the clinic informing the public about prematurity. Additionally, they now welcome parents whose infants are hospitalised in neonatology to present their new parental support project.
Vlaamse Vereniging voor Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VVOC): VVOC created awareness for World Prematurity Day on 17 November by offering templates to customise Facebook profile banners. Special presents (picture frames) for parents of preterm children.
Stenola Productions in cooperation with ARTE: There was a community engagement and following built around their film LIFE TO COME (La vie à venir) by the director Claudio Capanna. A special 360° virtual reality short version of the movie was launched on ARTE Future on World Prematurity Day.
Department of Neonatology, Hospital de la Mujer Dr Percy Boland Rodriguez: The hospital celebrated World Prematurity Day by various events and activities to raise awareness for the problem of preterm birth.
Clinic for Children Disease, University Clinical Center Tuzla: Informing media and political decision-makers about the topic of preterm birth. Directors, students, doctors and other medical staff released purple balloons.
Our Premature Children: TV Interview in Bulgarian National Television and cocktail party at Grand Hotel Sofia, in the city of Sofia – to launch a new idea – build a place where families of preterm children find comprehensive support from qualified professionals.
Prematuridade: “Walk of Prematurity” on 11/20/2016 with more than 700 participants in Porto Alegre, where they hosted an hour of meditation, followed by a one-hour walk to raise awareness for WPD; Awareness campaign at the National Congress achieved the support of more than 60 deputies; In total more than 50 events througout Brazil with picnics, meetings and summits; Lightings of several buildings such as hospitals and soccer stadiums; Launch of a short video showing the reality of prematurity in Brazil; Social media campaign to raise awareness.
Hospital João Murilo de Oliveira: They gathered preterm infants and their parents in a great meeting with several activities for children and families. In addition, they collected statements by families on their experiences with prematurity.
The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation (CPBF): The CPBF has partnered with several organisations to promote nationwide programming and supported the International Global Illumination Project to honour preemies, their families and their dedicated caregivers. For World Prematurity Day 2016, 10 buildings alone in Vancouver participated in the Global Illumination Project by lighting up purple. Amongst them were Calgary Tower – for the first time, The Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Toronto City Hall and their 3D lights, Mississauga City Hall participating for their second year, The SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon is hosting a huge event, Victoria General Hospital and the Royal BC Museum. Throughout the evening of World Prematurity Day CPBF shared photographs of the many events and illuminated buildings on their Facebook page and Twitter.
Nedoklubko: Various events took place to create awareness for WPD: a conference was held at Zofin Palace focusing mainly on communication being the most important pillar of caring for mothers after giving birth to a premature baby, an impressive gala-event called ‘Purple Heart’ award ceremony and a get-together at Zofin Park for families and clinic personnel enjoing the event’s programme and later that day children and their families could walk with many others in a lantern parade.
Neovidas: Illumination of two iconic buildings in Santiago de Chile. Hosting of an international conference on Pulmonar Problems and Neurological Development in preterm infants with international experts. Social activity: People expressed their commitment for World Prematurity Day by taking special photographs of themselves in which they are holding WPD posters. Many TV stations and newspapers reported about the event.
UNICEF China: UNICEF China presented a video for World Prematurity Day, remarks by several collaborating partners, interaction between experts and families with preterm babies, held a poem recitation event by medical staff and released the World Prematurity Day logo in China.
Fundación Milagros de Vida: They called for everyone’s attention on the global problem of preterm birth and asked everyone to join them and raise awareness by lighting a candle for premature babies. To give this important cause a voice they invited their followers to take a photo, adding #WorldPrematurityDay2016 and having them state the reason why they lighted a candle. They also contributed to a special radio programme on Radio Bolivariana.
Klub roditelja nedonoscadi PALCICI: In cooperation with their groups (e.g. PALCICI Split), PALCICI illuminated buildings all over Croatia (e.g. Zadar, Buzet, Pula, Split etc,), organised joyful family events in different cities in cooperation with local hospitals. As a symbol of World Prematurity Day, they were raising colourful balloons.
Friends of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (FNICU): Friends of the NICU welcomed everybody on this year’s World Prematurity Day to share fotos and stories on their facebook page – giving hope to families of preterm born babies. They organised a special cycling and family event full of purple power to celebrate WPD.
Mora Thavmata: For World Prematurity Day, Mora Thavmata, lighted the Nicosia town hall in purple. They also asked people to change their profile picture to commemorate WPD. In addition, they held a press conference and an awareness event at a shopping mall with face painting, afternoon activities, balloons. They visited the neonatal intensive care unit and gave gifts to parents. Another activity was a swimming event in the open sea.
Dansk Præmatur Forening: Denmark acknowleges World Prematurity Day traditionally with a little gift for families of neonatal departments. To help these little heroes stay warm, they handed out mini-mittens and hats, specially fabricated in smaller sizes and made of eco-friendly cotton.
Landsforeningen Præmatures Vilkår: The organisation created three posters naming the littlest of preterm babies born in Denmark. This shows a fraction of the 4,600 babies being born preterm each year in Denmark. These posters can be downloaded for free or ordered for 189 Kronen. The entire revenue will be used to provide Danish neonatal units with the best possible information on prematurity.
Pequenas Vidas: Pequenas Vidas promotes neonatal health and prematurity awareness in the Dominican Republic through education, support and advocacy, and a global network of friends. They support the efforts of various organisations around the world such as March of Dimes in the U.S., Bliss in the U.K. and many others, promoting World Prematurity Day. They called for raising awareness on prematurity and the prevention of premature birth.
Egyptian Neonatal Network (EGNN): EGNN invited health care professionals (doctors & nurses), politicians, parliament representatives, university students, regional ministries of health officials, religious leaders, academic staff, and parents of preterm babies to celebrate World Prematurity Day. The meeting was attended by students from universities and schools and their parents. The awareness event was held in Arabic language, focusing on preterm labor, prematurity, and retinopathy of prematurity. In addition, a talk from a religious leader on rights of newborns in religion and the importance of donations to take care of these tiny babies was held.
MTÜ Enneaegsed lapsed: Social media campaign to encourage their followers to share fotos of illuminated buildings.
Kevyt – Association of Premature Babies’s Parents: Mother of a preterm child in TV show, publication of articles on preterm birth on TV website. Coverage in regional newspapers and on social media, lightings in cities all over Finland.
Association MLL:n Turun keskosperheet ry, Turku: For World Prematurity Day the Association MLL:n Turun shared information on prematurity by providing a media release on the subject and suggested to participate by dressing in purple or using decorative elements. They call for solidarity with posts and pictures on social media networks using #worldprematurityday #keskoslastenpaiva
SOS Préma: SOS Préma created a wonderful social media series with sensitive messaging about the different experiences of parents of preterm and of term born babies. They also held a charity dinner and Charlotte Bouvard, founder of SOS Préma, gave an interview on radio RTL.
Frühstart e.V. Mainz/University Medical Centre Mainz: Lighting in purple of University Medical Centre building in Mainz, initiated by Frühstart e. V. Mainz.
Frühgeborene und kranke Neugeborene Mannheim e.V.: Next to a breakfast event for families with preterm babies at the IKEA restaurant in Mannheim, the National Theater of Mannheim was illuminated purple for World Prematurity Day. They also organised a champagne reception for friends of their association and guests from politics and medicine.
Christliches Kinderhospital Osnabrück: For the World Prematurity Day, the city of Osnabrück illuminated the city hall, the Steigenberger-Hotel Remarque, the Hotel Arcona Living, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the Christian Children’s Hospital. The mentioned buildings are also decorated with banners and posters.
Hospital Leverkusen: For the World Prematurity Day the BayArena in Leverkusen will be illuminated in purple thanks to the initiative of the hospital in Leverkusen. In the morning the hospital invites all families of premature babies for a breakfast event.
Missio Children’s Hospital Würzburg: Beginning with the World Prematurity Day the Childrens Hospital in Würzburg invited patients and their families and friends to the information event with a photo exhibition about prematurity. Exhibition is open until December 1, 2016.
Deutscher Bundesverband Das Frühgeborene Kind e.V.: The organisation started an initiative called ‘Purple for Preemies’ and asked people to send pictures of buildings that were illuminated for World Prematurity Day. They also created a special poster about the benefits of mother’s milk and breastfeeding. In addition, the organisation ‘Das Frühgeborene Kind e.V.’ started an initiative ‘write a postcard to politicians’ to raise awareness for the challenges of preterm birth.
Ilitominon: Celebration with families in Patra – decision to establish a branch of the organisation in the city in order to support families and the local NICUs; Seminar “Human milk banks” in collaboration with international experts and the Human Milk Bank of the Neonatal Department of General- Maternity District Hospital “Helena Venizelou”; Illumination of the hospital until 29 November to welcome the FINE Programme, as it was the first time that education about family-centred care was introduced in Greece; Celebration in NICUs all over the country. Ilitominon sent packages with WPD posters, purple balloons for the decoration and knitted blankets, caps and socks for the families. Collaboration with further NGOs such as Health’s Allies, Voluntary Midwifery, FAINARETI, ELEPAP-Rehabilitation for The Disabled Children. Special appearance by the Children Choir of 7th Elementary School of Nea Smirni.
The overall outcome was more than positive; for the first time in Greece, people from different social and professional areas were involved in World Prematurity Day activities, therefore making this day a day that matters the whole community.
Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you: An intimate gathering was taking place on the occation of this year’s World Prematurity Day: Showing respect, gratitude and unity while honoring World Prematurity Day with a concert on 13 November, being held at the Budapest Music Center. Dr Csaba Palatine, organiser of the event, wanted to draw attention to the lives of these little heroes, who fight everyday to stay alive. Also, on 17 November a sympathy walk was held on the Chain Bridge, symbolically bridging between stakeholders and facilitators.
Koraszülöttekért Közhasznú Egyesület (KORE): They arranged the purple illumination of the Jedlik Ányos Bridge (city), a purple illumination of the Town Halll (old town) in Szentendre and a family day, a day together from all over the country with professionals, and caretakers to meet, to discuss, to celebrate the annual WPD.
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.
Children’s Medical Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences: World Prematurity Day Awareness on 17th November 2016 in Level II and III of special care nurseries in Children’s Medical Center as important referral center in Iran by organising photo exhibition of preterm graduates from special care nurseries, memorial notes of families having preterm infants, gathering ceremony of mothers of premature babies with nurses and physicians; preparing educational classes for empowerment of mothers having premature babies; decorating the wards with balloons and streamers, putting purple ribbons on personnel ID tags; preparing educational pamphlets for parents having premature babies, uploading article about the importance of prematurity on website of the hospital.
Irish Neonatal Health Alliance (INHA): The Irish Minister of Health, Simon Harris TD, celebrated World Prematurity Day together with the participants of the Medical Symposium by Irish Neonatal Health Alliance in Dublin, Ireland. The Irish Minister of Health, Simon Harris TD, celebrated World Prematurity Day together with the participants of the Medical Symposium by Irish Neonatal Health Alliance in Dublin, Ireland. Purple Illumination of Buildings in Dublin, Cork & Limerick. All 19 NICUs received hampers from the INHA, the medical symposium takes place in Dublin, Coffee Mornings take place in Waterford & Cork, Media campaign and launch of a FCC Guide called ‘Better Together-a family centred care guide for your premature baby’.
Meir Medical Center NICU: The NICU at Meir Medical Center in Israel celebrated World Prematurity Day by having a gathering with parents and a talk by NICU founder Professor Dolfin. Parents brought a balloon and a personal card and wishes for their baby. Everyone wore a purple ribbon and a sticker, taking photos and having cake. It has been heartwarming.
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. Conference about prematurity. Party for little heros and families. Press conference about the events for World Prematurity Day. Symposium at the Chamber of Deputies “Sala del Refettorio”. Reading of charter of rights of the premature babies by parents of children and professionals. 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, the Chamber of Deputies, in theaters, in conference halls, etc.
Vivere Onlus in cooperation with the municipality of Santorso: Illumination of Sant’Orso Church of Santorso, kindly supported by the municipality of Santorso.
Associazione Pollicino Onlus: Associazione Pollicino Onlus organised lightings in the cities of Rimini and Modena, for example of the tower of Rimini and of other monuments in the province. They also arranged a family brunch and two football clubs visited babies and their families.
Association La Prima Coccola and Infermi Hospital Rimini: In collaboration with the Infermi Hospital in Rimini, the Association La Prima Coccola (“The first cuddle”) started several events for World Prematurity Day. Many families and nurses attended. Materials and balloons were distributed, music was provided by Radio Sabbia. In the late afternoon, snacks were provided and a main monument was lit up in violet to represent the charity commitment and to commemorate World Prematurity Day. The following evening on 18 November, supported by the charity organisation “La festa per fare festa”, they organised a fish dinner with musical entertainment for families and nurses in the city of Coriano (province of Rimini). This event took place in Via Don Minzoni during the annual olive festival, where a group of doctors and assistants performed with their band “Bad bones” who perform covers from the 60’s up to present day.
Dan Giovanni: The Jamaican singer/songwriter Dan Giovanni released a powerful song on the burden of prematurity for both, infants and parents. He was born prematurely and dedicated this song to all the premature babies and their parents around the world. Chapeau!
Uplift-Aufwind e.V. in cooperation with central paediatric clinic in Bishkek: On World Prematurity Day, Uplift-Aufwind e.V. handed over three Kangaroo-Chairs with little footstools to the central paediatric clinic in Bishkek. Donated by EFCNI, these are now the first and only chairs of this kind in the country. They are highly sought after, so that mothers even have to wait in a queue before they can relax in one of the chairs with their baby. Currently, 29 babies are being cared for in the neonatal unit. Among them are seven preterm babies that weigh less than 1,500 grams. All of the preemie-mothers use the chairs on a daily basis and doctors also advise using the love-therapy in the Kangaroo-Chairs for other weak and ill babies.
The Republic of North Macedonia
LULKA – Association for care and education: On the occasion of World Prematurity Day 2016, LULKA launched an electronic version of the free brochure When the stork is too early. The brochure is intended for anyone who is interested in premature birth, but especially for parents and families with a preterm baby who come home during the baby’s stay in the hospital. Beyond this, LULKA organised a panel discussion on the topic The challenges of a preterm birth as well as a press conference where the result of a parent’s survey were presented to the media.
Premnova: Celebration of WPD at Acibadem Sistina Hospital in Skopje with the little heroes and their parents; Skopje lights up in purple.
Pequeño NuNu: Emotional memorial event of the National Institute of Perinatología Isidro Espinosa de los Reyes with outstanding participation of the palliative care provider Lourdes Ruiz Niño, collaborator of Little NuNu, with her message Re-signification of the premature birth; Public event on the topics kangaroo method, breastfeeding, life experiences before the preterm birth; Event in the Mexican social authority (IMSS); Lightning of important and historic monuments in Mexico; Several TV interviews on different channels; Joint event of industry, healthcare sector and civil society organisations at the university.
Nacer temprano…VIVIR EN GRANDE: Facebook series with special posters and quotes to raise awareness
Jhpiego in collaboration with Midwifery Society of Nepal (MIDSON):
Advanced training for about 120 doctors, nurses and health workers
Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VOC): Nightingale Award ceremony at Jeroen Bosch hospital (JBZ), won by Annemie van de Heuvel, children’s nurse at the JBZ.
All over the country: lllumination of iconic buildings in the Netherlands in purple, November 2015.
Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VOC) in collaboration with Kleine Kanjers, Earlybirds fotografie, Stichting Prilleven and Luflie: Kick off meeting at Sophia Children’s Hospital, week van het couveusekind Theme: It may also happen to you, lectures about the theme, proclamation of the winner Richard de Leeuw Price 14 november 2016, presentation of the FINEbook (Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education), an education program for professionals.
Kleine Kanjers: All NICU departments of university medical centres give away goody bags sponsored by SOCKE; book presentation A giraffe is not a monkey by Bianca de Ruijt, mother of a preterm baby, on the situation of preterm birth with many sketches of babies and parents with the incubator takes place at the Jeroen Bosch hospital. Presentation of the poem Het kan jou ook gebeuren (it can also happen to you) also by Bianca de Ruijt
Stichting Prematurendag: The Prematurity foundation in the Netherlands presents the first NICU flashmob in the world. In this nine minute video which shows what parents of preterm babies, have to experience after a premature birth….
Erasmus University Medical Center Sophia Childrens’ Hospital:Celebrating WPD 2016 by distributing along with parents’ association VOC and Vygon goodie bags for parents.
Emma Children’s Hospital / Academic Medical Center in collaboration with Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VOC): Lighting on important building, massage for parents, photosession of the infant for parents
The Neonatal Trust New Zealand: World Prematurity Day was celebrated in every of the 23 NICU and SCBU around New Zealand with baked delicious goodies
Prematurforeningen: Purple illumination of public buildings in the whole country e.g.Telenor Arena; Organisation of events for exchange between families with preterm babies (entertainment, snacks) in children’s hospitals (Drammen, Ullevål, Ålesund, St. Olavs); Seminar at Rikshospitalet in Oslo
Oman, Sultanate of
Sultan Qaboos University Hospital: One-day symposium, with different neonatal topics to be discussed. Target attendance is 200-250 nurses, doctors as well as caregivers and parents, such as feasible, cost-effective interventions that would reduce mortality or morbidity. Besides the scientific lectures, there was an exhibition that displayed requirements of preterm babies and methods of care provided to them at the NICU.
Fundacja Wczesniak Rodzice-Rodzicom: Public events at some hospitals and poster project I’m a hero: Several poster showing former preterm babies how they are today, wearing a purple hero cape.
Associacao Pais Prematuros: A conference on Prematurity was held in Porto on 12 November; discussing relationship of affection between State, medicine and family; lighting of the Tower of Clerics, and visits of several clinics. In Guimarães, the neonatology unit was visited and there was a snack in the unit. In Funchal, a symposium was held on the theme of Challenges of Prematurity at the university, a snack at the neonatology unit of Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital and lighting of several monuments on Madeira.
XSS – Portuguese Association for the Support of Premature Baby: Organisation of the 1st National Congress on Prematurity; Participation in the Neonatology Days (XLV Jornadas de Neonatologia) in Lisbon talking on Parents and prematurity; XXS is on TVI’s morning talk about Prematurity; Facebook call Go Purple with XXS and share on your account; Launch of the fundraising campaign XXS – XXL, Small in Size, Big in Mission (XXS -XXL, Pequeno no Tamanho, Grande na Missao) with the goal to provide all the 20 NICUS in the country with the necessary equipment to promote bonding between parents and premature babies
Centro Hospitalar do Algarve-Faro: A conference on World Prematurity Day for everyone; a meeting with the parents and babies with fun activities for all; An exposition in the hospital about prematurety that stays the all week; Press release and a statement in the hospital website
Hospital de Braga: Celebration for parents, health care professional and patients; Distribution of a press release.
Give Sunshine: Workshop devoted to World Pramaturity Day on 26 October; Family Day on 17 November with release of white balloons
Pravo na Chudo: An photo flashmob is announced on facebook. At WPDs evening a big ceremony with representatives of the health ministry and the commissary for childrens’ rights at Moscow’s cinema is celebrated. Last but not least several events in perinatal centres with entertainment for kids and time for exchange betweent medical staff and parents are organised.
King Fahad Medical City: Illumination of the Kingdom Tower; Special program for NICU graduates (Premature babies from 2013 and their parents to celebrate World Prematurity Day; Decoration of the ward with socksline
Mali Div (Little Giants): Public day for preemie families in cooperation with the instutute of neonatology in Belgrade, capital of Serbia; Two cities of Serbia had purple ilumminations on their famous buildings – Parlament of Serbia in Belgrade, and the local city house of Subotica; Production of a new video on WPD, as every year.
Malicek: Trnava’s city administration and the medieval castle of Zvolen lighted up in purple; Huge exhibition with Little Heroes campaign, showing former preterm infants in the NICU and today.
Dräger South Africa: They hosted a day together with the companies Abbvie, Masimo, and Viking for about 70 medical professionals that work in the NICU both doctors and nurses in the public and private hospitals. It was truly a successful day, where the feedback was phenomenal and the guest speakers were very informative.
Dr Harry Surtie Hospital: Fundraising activities including a cake sale and a fun walk with about 90 participants; photo exhibition supported by the photographer Anena Burger in the hospital; tea for mothers with ex-preterm infants; movie show for the mothers and free popcorn; a lot of media attention
APREM: Lightning of the famous Palacio de Cibeles, the residence of the city administration, in Madrid on the occasion of World Prematurity Day; Event at the university hospital La Paz to discuss the public health impact of preterm birth; Illumination of the city hall in Pamplona
PREMATURE HOSPITAL CLÍNIC-MATERNITAT (ASPREM-HCM):
Create awareness on the importance of prematurity and how to deal with this situation from and integrative approach.
Hospital Universitario General de Catalunya – Quiron Salud: Exhibitions, family day, conferences for parents with about 250 participants
Prematura: Public event to raise awareness in several hospitals in Madrid and Barcelona; Family Day in Barcelona; Conference on Prematurity at the Monte Principe Hospital in Madrid
Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois CHUV: CHUV organised a live broadcast between two university hospitals, the Institut de Nutrition et de Santé de l’Enfant des CHU de DONKA, in Conakry, Guinea and the Neonatology Department of CHUV, in Lausanne, Switzerland. This was a very symbolic activity which connected two continents, two countries, two hospitals, two neonatology units, but with the same common goal.
Doris Mollel Foundation: Doris Mollel Foundation in cooperation with Vodacom Foundation: Awareness campaign on the island Zanzibar including a wide media and social network collaboration; production of an awareness song with volunteers; blood donation event; Walk for Preemies; planting trees; Donation campaign to finance oxygen concentrators, suction machines and other facilities and equipment.
Community Partners International: Lecture for healthcare professionals on the care of preterm infants; award ceremony for the Mae Tao Clinic their outstanding care for premature babies; distribution of World Prematurity Day shirts
Premature Bebek (El Bebek Gül Bebek): Lighting of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul; Light up purple for preterms is given a large space in main media newspapers; Before World Prematurity Day, the president of EBGB gave an interview on CNNTURK in order to raise awareness.
United Arab Emirates
Small and Mighty Babies: Walk or Jog on Palm Jumeirah; Prizes; Preparation of goody bags for Families in NICU
BLISS: Bliss charity appeals for funds on the most important day for preterm babies in the year with a video message: as not every preemie gets the care he or she desperately needs and deserves, Bliss calls for action for high quality family-centred care for every child.
Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse: Illumination of the Everyman theatre purple to show support.
North Middlesex University Hospital: Cake and knitted garments sale in the entrance foyer of the hospital to raise funds for parent support groups on the Neonatal Unit. Staff weared purple to help raise awareness. Finally, photos on display of preterm infants.
The Rosie Hospital: Decoration of the ward and cake sell during the day on Nicu; staff and parents were encouraged to wear purple; Illumation of various buildings in cambridgshire; invitation only reception for families involved in the photo exhibition featuring ex-Nicu babies holding photographs of when they were in NICU. This gave them the opportunity to meet with staff who cared for them.
Early Birds: Famous artist Kseniya Simonova designed an artwork made of sand which tells the experience of a preterm birth in a vivid and aesthetic way; Lighting, reportages, family meetings, consultations, payers, exchibitions, conferences and congresses, kids parties with release of balloons.
Ranenko: Public day in Kiev in the Mayor’s House with 1,200 participants: professional, industries and families. Preterms with special latents showed their programme on the stage and meantime there were different activities for the children in the hall; Nine professionals answered questions of parents on breastfeeding, physical therapy, phycological issues etc.; Purple lighting together with Charity Foundation Svichado and UBB on Sofievska square; fundraising campaign for four Ukrainian clinics; Additionally ten further cities joined WPD celebration with a variety of events.
AUPAREM: Conference at the government palace on a very important topic: the initiative aiming at the realisation of an extended parental leave for parents after birth of a preterm baby is discussed.
Hand to Hold: Hand to Hold launched an appealing social media campaign I love someone who was born premature!
Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN): Social media and online campaig to raise awareness.
Graham’s Foundation: Social media campaign – Graham’s Foundation asked parents to describe their preemies in one word. All 500 responses are represented in a poster.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center: Clinic staff hung a banner, made cupcakes with purple icing, had giftbags for parents, and many of them wear purple to mark the date. The day ended with a meeting on family-centred care.
March of Dimes: Lighting of Empire State Building and more than 70 other iconic buildings in 28 states throughout the USA; Go Purple Challenge – Internal contest for MOD employees at national and regional offices with prices for best individual and best team – dress in purple, wear purple wigs, decorate your office, eat purple food, utilise purple signage; Nannequinchallenge at MOD headquater
Preeclampsia Foundation: Call to spread the word and tell the own personal story. The Preeclampsia Foundation invited users to share their prematurity stories and photos in the comments.
USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program: Social media campaign to raise awareness.
to the EFCNI premium and silver partners AbbVie, Natus, Nestlé Nutrition, Philips Avent and Shire for supporting the creation of the campaign poster for World Prematurity Day 2016.
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.
World Prematurity Day 2015
On 17 November 2015, we celebrated the 5th World Prematurity Day. We are proud and grateful that, since its first celebration by EFCNI and its partnering parent organisations, 17 November has grown into one of the most important dates to raise awareness for the challenges of preterm birth.
In 2014 more than 100 countries participated in activities, and more than 60 countries planned special events. Estimated 1.6 billion people around the globe were reached. Last year, we placed the children, our true “little heroes”, into the centre of our activities to show that behind every number, there is a personal story. Warmest thanks to all of you who joined in.
We warmly thank everyone who celebrated World Prematurity Day 2015 with us, raising awareness on the global burden of preterm birth and making a difference for preterm infants!
This year, World Prematurity Day featured the year-round and worldwide campaign Socks for Life, giving a voice to preterm infants, and also visualising all those who are making a difference for preterm babies and their families.
It is easy to join the global movement. No matter how much time, money or manpower you have to spare, there are many ways to celebrate World Prematurity Day. On this website, you will find material, and a toolkit with inspirational ideas and tips what you can do to honour World Prematurity Day.
Your contribution, however small it may seem, is important. It helps preterm infants around the world and adds strength to the global voice.
If you organised an event for World Prematurity Day, please send us a short summary together with some photos to email@example.com. This way, we can feature your activity on our website. In addition, you can enter your activity and the difference you make on the EFCNI Changemaker Map in your native language. Once added, your input will stay on the homepage and can be read by many people around the world.
A selection of World Prematurity Day activities in 2015
Warm thanks to everyone for sharing all these wonderful activities for World Prematurity Day 2015 with us. We present you here below a selection of WPD activities. If you would like to include your activity or event for 2015, please email us a short summary and photos.
In collaboration with international parent organisations, EFCNI created a video for World Prematurity Day 2015.
Workshop on Maternal and newborn health – shaping Europe’s future at the European Parliament in Brussels, hosted by MEP Prof. Dr. Angelika Niebler and MEP Dr Peter Liese, 10 November 2015.
Neonatology Conference in collaboration with Slovakian organisation Malicek in Bratislava, Slovakia: Neonatology Conference on the occasion of World Prematurity Day 2015, talk by EFCNI Chairwoman Silke Mader, charity event and purple illumination of Bratislava Castle, 12 – 13 November 2015.
Miracle Babies: Miracle Babies created informative factsheets for World Prematurity Day and started the successful Facebook campaign “I am one in ten. Born …. weeks premature.”
National Premmie Foundation: The National Premmie Foundation started a Facebook campaign this year and encouraged parents of preterm babies to share their memories in a photo collage. Many parents created beautiful mashups showing the early beginning of their children’s life and how they grew up. Additionally, people were able to purchase your very own candle for their Light It Up Purple campaign.
The Daily Star, Save the Children, USAID, Unicef, World Health Organization, Icddr,b, Bangladesh Neonatal Forum BNF, Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP): Joint programme, round table on World Prematurity Day 2015 at The Daily Star Centre in the capital Dhaka. Participants included physicians, public health officials, representatives from government bodies, UN agencies, development organisations and NGOs.
CoCopus/Regional Hospital Heilig Hart, Tienen: This organisation that crochets octopuses for preterm infants, organised a workshop at the neonatal unit of Regional Hospital Heilig Hart in Tienen, Belgium.
Neonatal Unit team of Cliniques de l’Europe/Europa Ziekenhuizen: Maternity and Neonatology Units were decorated with a purple theme. Booth in the lobby to inform about the work and vision of the neonatal unit and about preterm birth, prevention, and healthcare.
Néonid: Congress on maternal health, event at NICU at Saint-Pierre University Hospital following the theme follow-up of preterm infants.
NICU at Hospital Oost-Limburg (ZOL), Genk, NICU at Hospital Saint-Vincent, Rocourt, supported by AbbVie: Launch of family coaching programme.
PBF Premature Baby Fund and CHC Liège Hospital: For World Prematurity Day, the Premature Baby Fund and the CHC Liège Hospital supported the very first multimedia project for a follow up of parents after the hospital stay. The project allows parents to continue support in form of videos sent to their email from the day they are discharged to the child’s sedond birthday. Different TV stations and press were there to capture the moment for the launch of this great initiative.
University Hospital UZ Leuven, Campus Gasthuisberg: Information session and stand with information about neonatology department in UZ Gasthuisberg and other projects as KOOZ, breastfeeding, pain.
Vlaamse Vereniging voor Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VVOC): Congress Groeien doe je samen, presentation of new flyer and brochure, festive donation of this support at the University Hospital Brussels. The VVOC also provided World Prematurity Day posters to neonatal units in over 80 hospitals, and gave 1200 presents to preemie parents, the activities were promoted by a social media campaign.
VVOC/Antwerp University Hospital UZA:( Special World Prematurity Day decoration with famous socks line.
VVOC/Erasmus Hospital, Brussels: Special World Prematurity Day decoration with famous socks line.
VVOC/Hospital Heilig Hartziekenhuis, Lier: Special World Prematurity Day decoration with famous socks line.
VVOC/NICU at the Hospital Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg (ZOL), Genk: Family celebration day for all children that were ever recorded at the NICU, and their parents, big event, special masks and face painting for children. ZOL launched an app for parents to monitor their preterm born child under the age of 2 years. Presentation of the online tool “Stap voor stap” for parents of preterm born babies. This online platform allows parents who are dismissed from hospital with their baby, to have access online to information, newsletters, tips from the hospital and care they were familiar to.
VVOC/University Hospital Saint-Luc, Brussels: Special World Prematurity Day decoration of the neonatal unit with famous socks line.
VVOC/Hospital Center University Di Tivoli: Special World Prematurity Day decoration with famous socks line.
VVOC/Hospital Sint-Rembers, Torhout: Special World Prematurity Day decoration of the neonatal unit with famous socks line.
Department of Neonatology of the Hospital de la Mujer Dr Percy Boland Rodriguez: World Prematurity Day celebrations together with families of preterm newborns and health professionals of the hospital to raise awarenes for preterm birth and for the care teams of preterm babies. In a great ceremony Oscar Urenda, the health secretary of the government, honoured all children, families and professionals of the hospital.
Our Premature Children: Illuminations of multiple buildings in Bulgaria. The parent organisation Our premature child turned NPC, Yambol, Veliko Tarnovo, the Sophia Ring Mall, and the Mall Largo Blagoevgrad, purple in support of preterm children in Bulgaria. Additionally they launched the first booklet for premature babies in Bulgaria, an online platform and organised several TV participations and interviews.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CAISM – Unicamp/Instituto Abrace: 17 research centers were united to disseminate the largest study to prevent preterm delivery in Brazil. On World Prematurity Day wheels several conversations with pregnant were formed throughout the country, radio, TV, newspaper and magazines broke the news. The study Pessary Plus Progesterone to Prevent of Preterm Birth – P5, lasting two years provides tracking more than 30,000 pregnant women in the country.
Prematuridade: Senator Aécio Neves received Executive Director of Prematuridade, Denise Suguitani, to talk about public policy for premature babies. Other activities: Everyone dressed in purple with special designed shirts, new information on the homepage about prevention, risk factors and statistics, talks about prematurity, donations for diapers and hygiene items to NICUs of the region. The city Miracema in Rio de Janeiro officially integrated World Prematurity Day in their calendar.
The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation: Lighting buildings and monuments purple to raise the profile and increase awareness of prematurity in the hope of decreasing these numbers greatly. The famous Niagara Waterfalls, the BC Place, and many other famous buildings were glowing purple. The foundation also started a campaign including the famous socks line.
Nedoklubko: Gala Charity event at Palace Zofin in Prague, more than 600 charity evening guests, among them 150 NICU nurses and doctors, and 70 preemie families. Purple Heart Awards.
Neovidas: 3-day workshop with Dr Saroj Saigal, author of the book Preemie Voices, local awareness campaign called #suluchaempiezaantes (which means: their fight starts earlier), lighting purple the skydeck of Costanera Center, the tallest building in Chile.
Asprem: Facebook campaign, inviting preemie parents to share pictures of their children to show how they have grown up.
Klub roditelja nedonoscadi PALCICI: Special events and a great awareness campaign in the capital where families were invited to talk, play and celebrate together.
Palcici, Split: Awareness campaign and celebration, created purple shirts, children and families celebrated together to raise awareness for the smallest.
Friends of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (FNICU): Celebrations the whole WPD week including various events and action. On 16 November they honored Dr Andreas Hadjidemetriou, Founder Of Cyprus’ NICU and previous Director of the NICU and Perinatology Association, key speaker Dr Apostolos Papageorgiou, a famous Cypriot neonatologist. Bike race, social media campaign and call to action to wear purple, celebrations in several NICUs. Students from UCLan Cyprus organised a coffee and cake sale to support the parent organisation. Illumination of the Hellenic bank in purple on WPD and everywhere the famous socks were included.
Dansk Præmatur Forening: The organisation sent packages of scent cloths to all neonatal units for the mothers to wear and then place in the incubator with their baby.
Landsforeningen Præmatures Vilkår: Social media campaign on Facebook – call to parents of preterm babies to share stories.
Tallinn Children’s Hospital: World Prematurity Day activities at Tallinn Children’s Hospital; illumination of the hospital, joint-meeting of the parent organisation and hospital’s personnel, different interviews in media.
East Tallinn Central Hospital, Maternity Clinic: The Perinatal Centre was illuminated in purple light, wonderful stairconcert with little violinists Magic Strings from Collegium Educationis Revaliae (Old Town Educational College). A great Estonian pastry-cook Kertu Lukas made a warming surprise to all preemies parents in the hospital. Voluntary people gave new incubator covers with warm wishes to little babies.
Kevyt – Association of Premature Babies’s Parents: Stunning lightings in Turku Energia and the city of Turku by illuminating the purple color of the River Aura Library passing over the bridge, purple lighting of Logomo and Family House Heideken. Lahti Energia lit up the radio masts and Jyväskylä illuminated Builder’s House in the city center. Pori violet light shone in the shopping center Bepopin trade corridor. Outokumpu, illuminating the old mining tower violet.
Kevyt – Association of Premature Babies’s Parents: Walk of purple lights at Helsinki around Töölö Bay.
Association MLL:n Turun keskosperheet ry, Turku: Event for families with preterm born children including several lectures on care of preterm children in Finland. A clown was entertaining children. Kirjastosilta bridge over Aurajoki river and Culture Center Logo was light up in purple.
Local group of preemie parents, Jyväskylä: World Prematurity Day party, children’s singing, and further activities like face painting. Local companies donated lottery prizes. Lighting candles and moment of remembrance at the end of the evening to remember and honour babies who have passed away. Buildings in the city centre, in Lahti, and in Outokumpu were illuminated in purple.
Local group of preemie parents, Pori: World Prematurity Day celebration, opening speeches, special photographer for preemies with purple lighting, party in the new childrens’ and womens’ hospital playing area, family prorgramme including mascots playing with children, face painting, making handicrafts, and snacks.
SOS Préma: Information booths at various hospitals (Brest University Hospital, Caen Hospital, Hospital Roche-sur-Yon, Hospital Hôpital de la mère et de l’enfant Limoges, University Hospital Saint-Etienne/Romans Hospital), booth at congress Salon du bébé et de la famille, Montélimar, festive matinee in Niort, knitting and sewing clothes for preterm children, Zumba evening in Niort, animated programme in Saint-Etienne, dance party, kitchen workshop with preemie parents, and charity dinner at restaurant in Bordeaux.
SOS Préma/Bordeaux University Hospital/Brest University Hospital/Caen University Hospital/University Hospital Saint-Etienne: Photo exhibitions on preterm birth.
SOS Préma/Nice University Hospital: Information booth, photo exhibition and sensorial experience programme.
SOS Préma/University Hospital Toulouse: Information booth and celebrations of 10-year implementation of NIDCAP-programme together with healthcare professionals of University Hospital Toulouse.
Vygon: Information events at various Vygon subsidiaries, explanation of medical devices to parents, snack shared with parents and medical staff.
Perinatal Centre Main-Kinzig-Kliniken/Gelnhausen: Annual celebration of World Prematurity Day with families.
Ilm-Kreis-Kliniken Arnstadt: Information event about preterm born children and babies with illnesses, 17 November 2015.
University Hospital Bonn: Mini-symposium on Born too soon?, 17 November 2015.
Children’s Hospital Tübingen: Inaugural celebration and opening of the first NIDCAP training centre in German speaking countries, invitation of families of preterm babies to an afternoon coffee and information session. We congratulate Professor Christian Poets, Martina Schürg, the first German NIDCAP-trainer Natalie Broghammer and the entire team to the opening of the NIDCAP training centre.
Charité, Berlin: The Hospital Charité Berlin shone in purple colour on World Prematurity Day. Dr Christoph Bührer, head of the neonatology, gave interviews to regional newspapers and TV (rbb) to talk about preterm birth in Germany and around the globe and to draw attention to the needs of parents.
German Federal Association Das frühgeborene Kind e.V.: Information campaign on 10 good reasons for applying kangaroo care in the NICU.
Fulda Hospital, Neonatal Unit H21, and Association Seestern e.V.: Information event on preterm birth, 17 November 2015.
Hospital Hanau: Hospital Hanau organised an information afternoon event and a tour around the maternity unit on World Prematurity Day. Additionally, they wrote an article about preterm birth and statistics.
HELIOS Hospital Erfurt: Balloon action on World Prematurity Day.
Verein zur Förderung von Früh- und Risikogeborenen Das Frühchen e.V. Heidelberg: For the third time, the Heidelberg Castle shone purple on World Prematurity Day.
Dritter Orden Children’s Clinic Passau: Versatile family and children’s programme including face painting, handicrafts, quiz, flea market, and live performance of comedian DONIKKL.
Perinatal Centre at Hospital am Steinenberg, Reutlingen/Association Frühchen e.V. Reutlingen: Balloon action at lunchtime on World Prematurity Day. For each of the preterm born children of this year a balloon was symbolically sent into the heaven. This year there were 150 children who were born preterm. Selling of waffles for the good cause and purple lighting of town hall.
University Hospital Leipzig: Information meeting and fruitful discussions with parents, former and currrent patients.
Enyiresi Government Hospital: Declaration ceremony to raise awareness for preterm babies, medical doctors, nurses, pharmacist and other health professionals from the various units in the hospital came together and declared their support for preemies and their families. Participants pledged that nothing will hold them back in carrying out their lifesaving duties.
Ilitominon: Live concert in Athens with Vassilis Babaniaris, a pop/rock singer, to raise money for milk banks. At the concert, a preemie mom and a former preemie were awarded for their fundraising activities. Celebration in the city of Patras in collaboration with the NICU of the University Hospital of Patras and Municipality of Patras. Celebration at the NICU of General Hospital Alexandra in Athens. Ilitominon’s President spoke at breastfeeding seminar organised by the neonatal unit of Attikon General Hospital, Athens. World Prematurity Day posters and knitted blankets, socks and caps were sent to Greek NICUs.
Koraszülöttekért Közhasznú Egyesület (KORE): Organised by KORE, multiple buildings turned purple for preemies on World Prematurity Day, including Palace of Arts in Budapest, Budapest Eye, and the Water Tower Nagyerd. In addition, celebrations with families and their children with clowns, musicians and painting and a sewing day took place where people made 100 NICU nests, sheets and more than hundred Developmental Hearts.
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Koraszülöttekért Közhasznú Egyesület (KORE): Family Day on World Prematurity Day, special programme for children and parents.
Koraszülöttekért Közhasznú Egyesület (KORE): Hand crafting of special textiles, tiny clothes, nests; Octo Project.
Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you: Celebrations in various NICUs around Hungary. Numerous neonatal units organised an open day on World Prematurity Day, doctors and nurses wore purple clothes or ribbons to the honour of premature babies, their families and professionals in neonatal care. The wards and their tiny residents were celebrating in purple as well. Melletted a helyem talked about the needs of preterm babies and their families in TV and on political events. Numerous official papers, blogs, news websites, TV reported about the event. Additionally, the organisation initiated the purple illumination of the famous chain bridge in Budapest and the Castle Ruins of Tettye.
Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you: Many people and rural NICUs engaged in the photo and social media campaign, e.g.: Debrecen, Gyor, Tatabánya, Veszprém, Kecskemét. Melleted a helyem received pictures of children and their parents dressed in purple clothes. The word about preemies reached the most hidden corners of our country, groups of kindergarten and school classes dressed in purple clothes in respect for preterm babies.
Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you/1st Department of Pediatric Clinic of Semmelweis University: Charity breakfast with the help of enthusiastic parents, and grandparents. The clinic started singing throughout the decoration process with Tímea Hazay who is the founder of the so called Ringató Alapítvány (Rocking Foundation with the help of music therapy).
Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you/Perinatal Intensive Care Unit, 2nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Semmelweis University: Purple cake with small footprints. Everyone could witness joyful and touching moments. The nurses of the department prepared gifts of small baby sole footprints of all the infants currently staying in the department, giving a lifetime memory for all the babies and their parents.
Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you/Medical Center of Hungarian Military Hospital: Celebration of the tiniest with a charity afternoon tea and snack and playhouse. Radio Kossuth aired its 2 hours daily broadcast called Closer live from the NICU of the Military Hospital. They went to the delivery room as well, and talked to parents of those babies who have been currently treated in the department and those of former prematures, and health care professionals as well.
Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you/Peter Cerny Neonatal Emergency Ambulance Service: The Peter Cerny Neonatal Emergency Ambulance Service was celebrating not just the World Prematurity Day, but their 27th birthday as well with the parental delegation of Melletted a helyem. Babies were given self-made clothes and blankets and a cake.
Melletted a helyem – Right(s) beside you/Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Pécs: The healthcare professionals of the NICU held a huge celebration for premmies and their parents. The departent here also sang together with the Ringató Foundation.
Ringató Hungarian Music Education Foundation, PIC Ringató programme: Hungarian families with young children celebrated in around 200 venues throughout the entire Ringató community, in Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, UK (London), Austria (Vienna) and Germany (Frankfurt). Dressed in purple clothes and with tiny socks, they sent a message to preterm babies and families: we are thinking of you, we are singing for you!
Children’s Medical Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences: World Prematurity Day celebrations at the NICU with nurses, physicians and neonatal parents. Education about prematurity, importance of prematurity, and care of preterm infants for parents with clips and pamphlets, decoration of incubators and warmers with balloon, greeting cards for admitted preterm babies in the NICU and welcome message for parents in the entry of NICU. Photo exhibition, special decorations, ribbons with small socks. Beautiful interactions between NICU staff and parents, article about the event in medical newspaper and magazin, social media and online campaign, special cards for parents of preterm infants.
Moheb Yas Women’s Hospital: Parents, nurses and physicians were welcomed with coffee, tea, and pastry in the hospital ward. Special posters were installed on the walls.
Valiaser Hospital Tehran: The Valiaser Hospital in Tehran, Iran organised a special celebration together with NICU families, nurses physicians and midwives.
Irish Neonatal Health Alliance: Illumination of 15 sites in and around Dublin.
Irish Neonatal Health Alliance: Launch of new website www.inha.ie, a patient information leaflet called 10 Things To Know About The 1 In 10. Launch of Ireland’s first ever Model of Care for Neonatal Services. Raising awareness of Family Centred and Developmentally Supportive Care.
Irish Neonatal Health Alliance: The INHA delivered hampers to the 19 NICUS in Ireland containing e.g. preterm baby clothing, incubator linen, quilts, kangaroo care sweaters, incubator covers, journals & pens, boxes of chocolates and WPD postcards for every family in the NICU.
Irish Premature Babies: Coffee morning, social media campaign, inviting parents to send pictures of their preterm children, special Facebook graphic templates.
Lahav organization for the premature infants: Public awareness campaign and charity concert.
NICU Santa Maria Nuova Hospital- Reggio Emilia-Italy: In Reggio Emilia the Calatrava bridge and fountain in Piazza della Vittoria shone purple. The threads of socks at the ward’s entrance and the sweet music of the harp accompanied the entrance of sisters, brohers, parents, and grandparents.
Ospedale dei Bambini-ICP: Open NICU day, information and awareness event on World Prematurity Day.
Vivere Onlus: 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. Conference about prematurity. Party for little heros and families. Film “Piccoli così” by Angelo Marotta about life in the Nicu and press conference about the events for World Prematurity Day
Piccino Picciò Onlus: Sensibilisation campaign, family afternoon events with families of preterm children (e.g. at Hospital Santo Stefano di Prato). Purple lighting of buildings (e.g. castle of the emperor, fountain of Neptune, Piazza Della Signoria, Florence, in collaboration with the municipality of Florence), charity dinner, fundraising activities (e.g. calendar 2016), discussions and screenings of the movie Piccoli Così by Angelo Marotta.
San Bortolo Foundation/Being Moms in Vicenza: Concert of famous singer Cheryl Porter & Hallelujah Gospel Singers at the Municipal Theatre of Vicenza on the occasion of World Prematurity Day, lighting of important buildings, Monte Berico and Municipal Theatre.
Children’s Clinical University Hospital Riga/Latvian Neonatal Society: Open event/symposium on World Prematurity Day for all parents with preterm babies at Children’s Clinical University Hospital, speeches from specialists (neonatologists), hearty music from different musicians, moments for talks.
NICU at Al Jala Gynecology and Obstetric Hospital Tripoli: The NICU at the Al Jala Gynecology and Obstetric Hospital organised an event on World Prematurity Day, where attendees received an idea of WPD and its aims. Professionals held lectures on diferent topics concentrating on the actual work and problems in Al Jala NICU. They included the NICU statistics regarding preterm birth, a presentation about challenges of preterm babies and their families.
Neišnešiotukas: Inviting public to knit for the smallest heroes: Knitting at Cat Caffee; Lighting of the popular oak tree “Dainuojancio Ažuolo” for the second time; Lighting of Lithuanian government building in purple.
Padedu augti: Lighting of Kaunas city hall brigher than ever (for the third year).
The Republic of North Macedonia
LULKA – Association for care and education: Public event, LULKA stand in the biggest mall in Sopje. They invited parents and their children, to have a chat and to discuss their point of view, their needs, what they think should be changed or made better in the care of preterm babies and write them into a book. In addition, doctors and nurses arranged a socks line and promotional posters at the hospital. The event was seen by almost 2000 people, around 500 brochures for prematurity were given to interested visitors and were also shared online.
Special Hospital for Gynecology and Obstetrics Skopje/LULKA – Association for care and education: On World Prematurity Day, the popular socks were placed at the door of neonatology at the hospital for gynecology and obstetrics in Skopje by the staff as a symbol of support for preterm babies and their families.
University Malaya Medical Centre: Public event for parents with their preterm children. The programme: Opening presentation and World Prematurity Day 2015 celebration TINY MIRACLES. Tiny Miracle Graduates. Special performance, cake cutting and prize giving ceremony.
Asociación Mexicana para padres de niños prematuros A.C. Pequeño NuNu: Campaign S.O.S. 1/10 Bebés Prematuros, series of activities regarding prematurity, family-centred care, improvement of maternal health, kangaroo care. Social media campaign. Distribution of information material, lighting of different monuments, fountains and important buildings in México in cooperation with medical companies, political and local institutions, social volunteers, and parents in particular. Activities in the capital and all over México (in collaboration with local partners), Nicaragua and Ecuador (participated for the first time).
Asociación Mexicana para padres de niños prematuros A.C. Pequeño NuNu: Public walk (Segunda Caminata Familiar Canguro Prem) to raise awareness and inform about the benefits of kangaroo care.
Con Amor Vencerás: On World Prematurity Day the 4th Symposium of Prematurity took place jointly organised by the National Institute of Pediatrics and Con Amor Vencerás. Additionally, multiple building shone in purple colour including the Chamber of Deputies, the post office building, the Hospital for Gynaecology and Obstetrics, the Monumento a la Revolucion, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, and the Palacio de Lecumberri in Mexico City. There were also multiple reportages on TV and Con Amor Vencerás was invited to speak in a radio broadcast. Juan Cantu El Arabe, a famous racing car driver, dressed in puple and children got signatures and could sit into a real racing car. Social media campaign.
Hospital Regional López Mateos ISSSTE/Asociación Mexicana para padres de niños prematuros A.C. Pequeño NuNu: World Prematurity Day decoration with famous socks line.
UMAE Hospital Gineco-Obstetricia No.3: The UMAE Hospital in Mexico celebrated World Prematurity Day and let hundreds of purple balloons fly into the sky in support of preterm infants and their families.
Save the children Nepal: On the occasion of World Prematurity Day on November 17, two doctors opened up a information session about their preterm births, the need to spread awareness about prematurity, and how simple information can save precious lives.
Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VOC) in collaboration with Kleine Kanjers, Prilleven, and Earlybirds: Kick-off meeting at Sophia Children’s Hospital, movie premiere, presentation of new (incubator) diary for parents, announcement of winner of Richard the Leeuw Price, 16 November 2015.
Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VOC): Presents for parents of NICU babiese.g. a a mirror parents can use during kangaroo care, a little bird for children to hold and calm them, hand cream and the new diary. A bakery will donate a special WPD cake for the NICU staff, special photo shooting for parents and their children, opening of new neo café, 17 November 2015.
All over the country: lllumination of five buildings in the Netherlands in purple, November 2015.
Erasmus University Medical Center: Celebration and Presentation of pictures of the children who were born in this unit (one year ago but also 35 years ago). The children gave an interview on the dutch radio.
Kleine Kanjers: Online campaign, encouraging people to change their social media profile pictures into the SuperPower pictures, November 2015.
Abbvie Netherlands in collaboration with Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VOC): Internal awareness campaign at Abbvie Netherlands office, WPD banner at office entrance, purple carpet on the floor, 16 to 21 November 2015.
The Neonatal Trust New Zealand: Participated in Lighting Up Purple New Zealand and illuminated countless famous buildings and monuments for 17 November 2015 – e.g. Christchurch International Airport, New Plymouth Clock Tower, Regent Theatre in Palmerston North and many more.
LittleBigSouls (Nigeria): Handover of some medical stuff at Dora Nginza Hospital in Port Elizabeth. Lightning of Bolingo hotel in Abuja, Nigeria.
Prematurforeningen: Illumination of statue Kepler Star at principal airport, Oslo Airport, 10 to 17 November 2015 and many other buildings and monuments including worlds most northern building Skoringen up in Tromsø.
Events at children’s Centre an Ullevål; Ålesund Hospital; St.Olavs hospital and Drammen sykehus.
Oman, Sultanate of
Sultan Qaboos University Hospital: First participation in World Prematurity Day ever. The NICU of the said hospital featured 20 booths that featured multiple researches done in the unit for developmental care of preterm born infants. The celebration was featured in the local newspaper making awareness of premature births a nationwide campaign.
Fundacja Swiadomi Rodzice: IIllumination of the palce of culture and science in Warzaw.
Fundacja Wczesniak Rodzice-Rodzicom: Public events at some hospitals and poster project I’m a hero: Several poster showing former preterm babies how they are today, wearing a purple hero cape.
XSS – Portuguese Association for the Support of Premature Baby: Public Health Institute of the University of Porto (ISPUP) held a public meeting on the issue of prematurity.National and international research projects regarding improvement in the construction of adequate and effective response to the challenges that are inherent to prematurity were published. Book “Living prematurity”, written by journalist Claudia Pinto, with the editorial coordination of ISPUP was released, too. Part of the book sale value will revert to the Premature Parents Association and the XXS – Portuguese Association for the Support of Premature Baby.
Associacao Pais Prematuros: Parents day at the hospital: Snack break and exchange of experiences. Lighning of the castle and serveral other buildings in and around Porto and Guimaraes. TV feature on RTP.
ISPUP – Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto: Presentation of the book Viver a Prematuridade (Living Prematurity)
Unu si Unu: Organisation installed a call center for parents, in collaboration with SOS Préma. On World Prematurity Day there was a sensorial theatre to suggest guests how is it to be born before time. After this experience guests were told about how parents can benefit from the call center with multidisciplinary professionals.
Baby Care Sibiu: NICU graduates were offered a photo session with pictures from the NICU hospitalization: a video was created using the photos. More than 150 photos were taken.
Children’s hospital Irkutsk: Visitors of perinatal center were invited to sign paper sock with the best words for the babies and their families. Mothers signed the socks for their babies and placed its next to the incubators. Politicians and oVIPS followed the call, too.
Pravo na Chudo: Photo exhibition with NICU graduates and a family day.
Insitute of Neonatology, Belgrade: Various activities to raise awareness in the public. Decoration with sock lines and purple balloons for Word Prematurity Day. Several direct involvements in the TV program in prime time. The National Assembly of Serbia in Belgrade was lit purple during the night of 17 November.
Mali Div (Little Giants): Collection of pictures of preemie children and parents. Huge media coverage in national and local printed and electronic media. Five cities of Serbia had purple lights on their famous buildings in the night of the World Prematurity Day.
Malicek: International Neonatologist Congress & XIII. Slovak conference for the neonatology nurses From the technique to the family with 320 participants. Press conference with outcome of 20 published articles and features in Slovakian media. Purpble Heart Award was bestowed to four remarkable people. In Bratislava, Košice and Prešov several buildings were illuminated purple e .g. the castle in Bratislava.
Netcare Hospital Group: The Way Forward Conference – a day of education for NICU nurses and handing over of 800 collectes starter boxes to send preterm babies from poor families home.
Vygon South Africa: Staff event honouring World Prematurity Day.
General Hospital Catalonia: World Prematurity Day festivity for premies, their parents and health professionals
Outcome, November 2015.
APREM: World Prematurity Day event and celebration at University Hospital La Paz and Maternal, take off of balloons at Childrens’ Hospital, Madrid Round table event at Hospital Virgen del Camino, take off of balloons, Pamplona, 14 November 2015.
AVAPREM: Volunteers informed travellers at the train station in Valencia about prematurity.
PREMATURE HOSPITAL CLÍNIC-MATERNITAT (ASPREM-HCM): The event consisted on a workshop of incubators; on a series of lectures on relevant issues regarding prematurity; and on leisure activities aimed to kids and their families. Hospitals that participated in the event: Hospital Sant Joan de Deu, Hospital Vall d’Hebron i Hospital General and Hospital Clínic of Barcelona.
Prematura: Expert lecture. Public event to raise awareness with entertainment for parents and children as well as an open air concert. Lift off of white and purple balloons in Barcelona.
Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians: The Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians organised an event at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital on the 17th of November 2015 to celebrate the 5th world Prematurity day. Preterm children who had graduated from premature units around the country performed at a concert in the presence of Honourable Deputy Minister of Health and other dignitaries. Event was concluded with laser beam colour washing of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital buildings in purple light.
Svenska Prematurförbundet: Townhall in Landskrona and Vida Arena in Växjöwere illuminated in purple. in Stockholm a seminar was helt with parents, politicans and experts for prematurity.
Prematurföreningen (Stockholm): Facbook call to parents of preterm babies to share their stories and pictures.
Vygon: Public information events in Stockholm and Gothenburg with explanation of medical devices to parents; Snacks shared with parents and medical staff .
Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève: Public conference on the future development of prematurely born children. The argument was illustrated by new knowledge from basic neuroscience to new aspects of clinical care and a round table discussion with adolescents that themself were born prematurely.
Premature Baby Foundation of Taiwan: Several buildings in Taipei were illuminated in purple as skyscapers and temples. Press conference with local politicians.
Doris Mollel Foundation: World Prematurity Day awareness and social media campaign, special video supported by a celebrity, press releases, radio and TV interviews, press conference, donation campaign, launched by Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Health, World Prematurity Day event at Muhimbili National Hospital.
Premature Bebek (El Bebek Gül Bebek): Turkish national football team carried a purpur banner while entering stadium. One player wear purple dress; Information session for students at the British International School Istanbul including a bake sale for good cause; Christmas Festival at City’s Shopping Center in Istanbul.
United Arab Emirates
Vygon Abu Dhabi: Staff event honouring World Prematurity Day.
Babies in Buscot Support (BIBS): Facebook celebration of Buscot graduates – stories and photos being shared throughout the day of children that have spent time in Buscot Ward, the neonatal unit at The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading; newly opened local bridge has been lit purple for the evening.
BLISS: Open letter to NHS England boss Simon Stevens, calling for a review of funding levels for neonatal care so that services can meet the government and NHS’s own standards for safety and quality.
Aberdeen Maternity Hospital: Purple march with several buildings in Aberdeen going purple – Marischal College, His majesty’s Theatre & The Petrofac Tower; Now and then photos and stories were shared on our group page, The neonatal unit held a bake sale for parents and staff.
Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN): Supported World Prematurity Day 2015 by providing a Social Media Campaign Guide and sharing information on their webpage.
Chesterfield Royal Hospital and the Borough Council: The Royal’s Neonatal team, along with Chesterfield Borough Council, Church of St Mary’s and All Saints and D.O.R Electrical, organised for the spire to be bathed in purple light on Tuesday 17 November.
Harris-Wellbeing Preterm Birth Centre at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital: Raising awareness for preterm babies – The University of Liverpool’s Active Learning Laboratory, in the School of Engineering on Brownlow Hill, was illuminated in purple to mark World Prematurity Day.
The Ickle Pickles Children’s Charity: Purple lightning of several iconic buildings as Gateshead Millenium Bridge, Blackpool Tower, Spinnaker Tower (Portsmouth), Tower 42 (City of London), Southend Civic Centre & Brighton Wheel; Sell of purple candles and holders to families in the NICUs for taking home; Social media campaign of Kangaroo Huddles where families took a picture and shared them on Facebook.
Sheffield Hospitals Charity: Charity event raising awareness and collecting money for NICUs, turning the fountains and lights purple in Sheffield’s peace gardens, gathering and live music. Illumination of further commercial buildings
Svichado in collaboration with Ranenko and UBB Event Prematurity Awareness Day: Ukraine has joined the World Prematurity Day for the first time with lightening project – Kyiv ancient monument St Sofia’s Cathedral, Kyiv, which is in the UNESCO preservation list, Gulliver business and trade centre and Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet became purple to support preemies of the world; 200 people attended public event, where hundreds of white balloons were launched into the sky. Support by Miss Ukraine of several years.
Ranenko: Thank You Campaign for each doctor, nurse, or every specialist who takes care after the premature babies. Special calenders were sent to doctors in 12 cities in Ukraine. Each month in the calender – is a painting made by a child, born premature.
AUPAREM: Purple illumination of public buildings e.g. shopping mall. Public event with famous socks hanging at the entrance of the NICU. On Facebook, parents were called to share pictures showing them together with their preterm babies.
The NIDCAP Federation International (NFI): Lighting of the Leonard P. Zakim Bridge in Boston.
Graham’s Foundation: Call on parents of preterm babies to share their experiences.
March of Dimes: Lighting of Empire State Building. On going call on Facebook to parents for sharing their stories.
to the EFCNI premium and silver partners AbbVie, Dräger, Nestlé Nutrition, Philips Avent and Shire for supporting the creation of the campaign poster for World Prematurity Day 2015.
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.
17 November 2014 - 4th World Prematurity Day
In 2014, more than 100 countries participated in activities, and more than 60 countries organised special events. Estimated 1.6 billion people around the globe were reached. In the campaign “Tiny socks, big dreams”, EFCNI placed the true little heroes into the centre of the activities because behind every number, there is a personal story. A story of life, that has to be told and a little hero who is showing the world that life is worth fighting for. The campaign featured pictures and personal stories of preterm children, from birth until later life. The Bavarian State Minister for Health and Care Melanie Huml, joined the opening event of the campaign.
The creation of the campaign poster for World Prematurity Day 2014 was supported by the EFCNI premium partners AbbVie, Nestlé Nutrition and Dräger.
17 November 2013 – 3rd World Prematurity Day
In 2013, more than 60 countries celebrated World Prematurity Day and 1.4 billion people around the globe were reached. The activities ranged from global and national events to local activities. Governments and Ministries of Health in high burden countries engaged in awareness activities, organisations, societies and private companies joined in and countless hospitals, parent groups, individuals – for the first time ever – artists and their networks took part in the celebrations. EFCNI launched the campaign Socks for Life with an exhibition of international acclaimed artists and provided new materials in 32 languages. Another highlight was the kick-off conference “Newborn Health – a challenge for Europe” at the European Parliament,
The creation of the campaign poster for World Prematurity Day 2013 was supported by the EFCNI premium partners AbbVie, Nestlé Nutrition, PerkinElmer and Dräger.
17 November 2012 – 2nd World Prematurity Day
World Prematurity Day received great attention and many countries pledged to take further steps in order to reduce preterm mortality and showed their commitment by illuminating famous buildings (e.g. the Empire State Building) in purple. Following the wish of many, EFCNI developed the first visual identity for the Day, including the typical socks line, which had become a symbol of World Prematurity Day, and the claim “One baby in ten is born premature. Worldwide.” EFCNI provided campaign posters in 26 languages and a special toolkit. Internationally, the singer Celine Dion became a testimonial of World Prematurity Day.
The creation of the campaign poster for World Prematurity Day 2012 was supported by the EFCNI premium partners AbbVie, Nestlé Nutrition, PerkinElmer and Dräger.
17 November 2011 – 1st World Prematurity Day
Together, the co-founders decided to change the name into World Prematurity Day. The Facebook website World Prematurity Day was commonly initiated in order to jointly draw attention to the World Prematurity Day. A multitude of events and activities, like the launch of the European Call to Action for Newborn Health in the European Parliament in Brussels in 27 languages, brought problems and risks in the development of preterm babies as well as the needs of their families closer to the public.
European national parent organisations were supported by global healthcare company Abbott (now AbbVie) in celebrating this first World Prematurity Day.
17 November 2010 - second International Prematurity Awareness Day
The US organisation March of Dimes, the African organisation LittleBigSouls and the Australian National Premmie Foundation, started to join the celebrations of the second International Prematurity Awareness Day and significantly contributed to the international acclaim of the day. EFCNI successfully launched Europe’s first online campaign on prematurity called ene, mene, mini together with the company Dräger and the UENPS – Union of European Neonatal & Perinatal Society.
EFCNI and European parent organisations were supported by the global healthcare company Abbot (now AbbVie) in celebrating the 2nd International Prematurity Awareness Day.
17 November 2009 - first International Prematurity Awareness Day
In 2009 the first International Prematurity Awareness Day was celebrated with a multitude of events by EFCNI and its European partnering parent organisations. 17 November became the official date for this new awareness day and was celebrated for the first time with a multitude of events around the globe. Representatives from the world of politics, show business and industry throughout Europe spoke publicly about preterm birth and thereby generated increased awareness for the challenges of prematurity. EFCNI held a grand benefit gala to mark the first International Prematurity Awareness Day. The Swedish star pianist Robert Wells, himself father of a preterm infant, presented the charity song “Sing Me Another Song”. At the after-show party, guests experienced outstanding “open cooking” by celebrity chef Stefan Marquard.
The global healthcare company Abbott (now AbbVie) supported realising the first Prematurity Awareness Day.
For the third time, we developed a global theme in cooperation with the global World Prematurity Day advocacy group. This year “Born too Soon: Providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place” . The claim was spread worldwide and more than 140 parent- and patient organisations as well as medical societies and further supporting organisations have joined forces to raise awareness for preterm birth.
Special thanks go to the Healthy Newborn Network, Save the Children, the March of Dimes, Every Woman Every Child, Unicef, the White Ribbon Alliance and the more than 140 parent organisations and medical societies, who supported the global theme.
A selection of World Prematurity Day activities in 2019
Warm thanks to everyone for sharing all these wonderful activities for World Prematurity Day 2019 with us. We highly appreciate each and every contribution that raises awareness and helps us work towards quality care for all babies born preterm. Here, we present a selection of worldwide events – the list will be continously updated until the end of the year.
Launch of new project website GLANCE
On the occasion of World Prematurity Day we launched our new website for EFCNI’s latest project, GLANCE – the Global Alliance for Newborn Care. Check out the new website on www.glance-network.org to learn more about this project.
Launch of the Global Call to Action for Newborn Care
On the occasion of World Prematurity Day, GLANCE published the Global Call to Action for Newborn Care. In 8 demands, Glance calls for significant improvements in newborn and maternal care across the world. The Call to Action was kindly supported by around 150 medical societies and around 50 parent- and patient organisations.
All information about the Call to Action on our new website: https://www.glance-network.org/activities/call-to-action/
The Call to Action is available for download in 22 languages https://www.glance-network.org/res…/call-to-action-material/
Launch of the ROP campaign
The awareness campaign for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) “The world is bright, save our babies’ sight“ ROP is one of the leading causes of childhood blindness – Provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place!” was launched on World Prematurity Day, to put the focus on proper care for preterm babies in order to save their eyesight. It was supported by our corporate partner Novartis and the medical societies COINN, ESPR, Euretina and UENPS as well as several parent and patient organisations.
NIDCAP: NIDCAP offers guidelines and media templates to support the planning and execution of celebratory events.
National Day Foundation: The platform nationalday.com dedicated an article about World Prematurity Day and the topic of preterm birth
UN/UNICEF Syria; Ministry of Health; WHO: On 17 Nov , Ministry of Health, with the support of UN organizations, held a national celebration of the World Prematurity Day in Kaiser hotels in Damascus city. The celebration was chaired by Deputy of minister of health, Head of PHC department, head of WHO, Dr George Fom Ameh as Dep Rep of UNICEF and a delgate of UNFPA in the presence of one hundred doctors in different health sectors (public , private, SARC and NGOs) with presentations of the last information related to newborn and prematurity in the country and the guidelines and recommendation to reduce prematurity in Syria.
Miracle Babies: The company Tommee Tippee wanted to encourage people to open their wallets to ‘tip in’ to help support families of premature and sick newborns. The goal was to raise $20,000 for our parent organisation Miracle Babies. With that amount they can offer 300 more families access to their NurtureProgram, which includes: 24-hour helpline, in-hospital peer-to-peer support, out of hospital play and support groups, emergency care packs and NICU Survival Packs along with other resources for families and the hospitals that care for them.
Preterm Infants Parent’s Association/PIPA: A morning tea at “Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital” where the organisation PIPA had the opportunity to speak with parents and staff about premature birth.
„früh-R-leben“ Förderverein für das früh und krank geborene Kind: The parent organisation “früh-R-leben” introduced themselves to the parents at their local neonatal station and gave away some nitted stuffed animals and chocolates to raise money for their organisation.
The RANO: More than 200 families with children, over 60 medical specialists, who work with premature babies, partners of The Rano, Belarusian pop stars and entertainers for children gathered in a cozy congress hall “Barcelona” of the Victoria Olymp Hotel.
Hospital AZ Groeninge Kortrijk : In order to put development care in the spolight, the neo-team of AZ Groeninge Kortrijk sat in life-size incubators to experience what it feels like to be a preterm baby. The Broel Towers were also illuminated from sunset to sunrise.
Associação Brasileira de Pais de Bebês Prematuros – ONG Prematuridade.com: In cities all over the country events were organised in hospitals, parks an on streets to raise awareness on prematurity. Peopel also dressed purple on this special day.
Our Premature Children Foundation (OPCF): The Our Premature Children Foundation and the Amelie Party Center offered an unforgettable celebration for the young heroes of Sofia, including a creative workshop, children’s playgrounds and surprises. During the event guests were also able to see photos from an exhibition of premature born babies.
Many more events took place in Bulgaria which can be seen when you click the button below.
Canadian Premature Babies: Multiple landmarks in Canada were illuminated in purple to celebrate World Prematurity Day 2019, including the Calgary Tower, Ontario City Hall and some City Signs.
Mora Thavmata: On November 17th the parent organisation Mora Thavmata delivered gifts to premature babies and the intensive care unit at the Μακάρειο Νοσοκομείο hospital. Also, the medieval castles of Larnaca, Limassol and the medieval mansion of Nicosia, as well as the archaeological museum of Nicosia were purple, for this years World Prematurity Day.
Rigshopitalet Copenhagen: Celebration of World Prematurity Day 2019 at the Neonatal Department, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nedoklubko: The parent organisation Nedoklubko published videos, in which medical staff and parents of 12 perinatological intensive care centres talk about their daily struggles. Nedoklubko also took World Prematurity Day as an occasion to thank doctors and nurses for their work. All over the country landmarks like the Dancing House in Prague and, the Bečov Castle and Château were illuminated purple.
MTÜ Enneaegsed lapsed: 43 landmarks such as the Pesapuu Tower in Rõuge were lit up purple for World Prematurity Day. Liis Toome, Head of the Newborn Department of the Children’s Hospital in Tallinn, and Livia Laas, board member of the parent organisation MTÜ Enneaegsed lapsed, were interviewed by Tallinna Televisioon. Several Hospitals held prenatal conferences, seminars and also celebrated with cakes and concerts.
Kevyt-yhdistyksen ystävät: All across the country landmarks like the Helsinki City Theatre and Lathi Energy &Lahti Radio Masts were illuminated in purple. The parent organisation Kevyt-yhdistyksen ystävät hosted an event for preterm children, their families and everbody else who wanted to listen to expert lectures and exchange experiences.
AFPNC: On the occasion of World Prematurity Day, the African Foundation for Premature Babies and Neonatal Care (AFPNC), managed to do a big community outreach with about 400 community members including women, teenage girls, healthcare professionals, traditional leaders and the political and corporate fraternity in the remote district in Ghana where access to basic neonatal care is a challenge and recorded the highest deaths in the last 5 years till date.
The situation fits perfectly to this year’s World Prematurity Day’s global theme “Born too Soon: providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”, and so AFPNC collaborated with the Health Directorate to implement their outreach initiatives. Besides a community durbar and girls’ empowerment about reproductive health, also, mums of preterm babies in need could join the purple basket project where they received up to 2 weeks’ groceries and toiletries for their baby and themselves.
Ilitominon : Once again the White Tower of Thessaloniki was illuminated in purple on November 17th. Volunteers knitted hats, socks and blankets to keep preemies warm. The Benaki Museum in Athen exhibited colorful and artistic knitware to show support for preemies.
Koraszülöttekért Országos Egyesület (KORE): More than 30 buildings were illumintated for World Prematurity Day, including landmarks such as the Chain Bridge in Budapest or Tata Castle. The parent organisation KORE held informative and entertaining events throughout the weekend. World Prematurity Day was also topic in the TV program “Aktuális”, in which Zsuzsanna Földvári-Nagy, President of the National Association for Preterm Births was interviewed.
RoRo: 4 buildings were illuminated for World Prematurity Day in Iceland, including the University of Iceland und the tourist attraction Perlan – Wonders of Iceland, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre and Menningarhúsið Hof.
Irish Neonatal Health Alliance: The inspiring stories of two preemie mothers were featured in several big newspapers as well as on social media. A radio show was broadcasted, presenting Rotunda Hospital and the issues which premature births present for the babies, families and the medical community. In Dublin the annual Neonatal Symposium of the Irish Neonatal Health Alliance was held and hospitals across the country celebrated the preemies and their families on this special day.
Lahav Organization for the Premature Infants in Israel: This year Israel participated in the illumination of buildings for the first time. Multiple buildings in the city of Petah Tikva were lit in purple light.
Piccino Picciò Onlus: An event was held at the “Centro Il Baobab – Viale De Amicis 99/a, Firenze” for parents and their children to celebrate World Prematurity Day. In addition, the buildings “Il Castello dell’Imperatore”, “L’ospedale Meyer”, and “L’Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte” were illuminated in purple light.
Progetto Pulcino Onlus: In the region of Reggio Emilia, the fountain of “Piazza Martiri del 7 luglio” and the bridge “Ponti di Calatrava” were illuminated and the neonatal intensive care unit at the local hospital welcomed people at an open house.
Padedu augti – šeimos gerovės specialistai: On November 16-17, PLC Mega organized a social initiative to raise public awareness for premature birth and to share information about the free, psychological and mutual help for the parents of these babies. In addition the tower Šviesos bokštą was illuminated.
Lulka: Via social media the parent organisation Lulka shared stories of healthy and happy kids that were born prematurely. There were also celebratory events in different hospitals including the Clinic for Gynecology in Akuserstvo, where Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the Minister of Health Dr. Venko Filipce held a press conference, showing their support for preemies and their families.
Con Amor Vencerás: Multiple events took place in hospitals all over Mexico. The parent organisation Con Amor Vencerás supported the INP Prematurity Symposium, which focused on Crisis Support in the NICU (Neonatal, Intensive Care Unit). Singer Estefania Lavelle performed to raise awareness for preemies. The ISSSTE Regional Hospital in Mérida, Yucatán was illuminted as well as a building in Monclova, Coahuila.
The Neonatal Trust – New Zealand: World Prematurity Day was celebrated in every NICU and SCBU around New Zealand thanks to the parent organisation The Neonatal Trust and their volunteers who made sure, that there was enough celebration cake for everyone. Private homes, landmarks and buildings were bathed in purple light for the special occasion.
Prematurforeningen: Multiple buildings in Norway were lit in purple light to celebrate World Prematurity Day. Additionally, events took place at the Stavanger hospital, Ullevål hospital, Lillehammer hospital and the St. Olav preschool which is located on the ground floor of the Barne Og Ungdomsklinikken hospital.
The CZMP Institute: The CZMP Institute invited all parents with children to participate in a celebration of World Prematurity Day. Also, their building was put in purple light on this special evening, thanks to a cooperation with TME Kariera.
Górnośląskie Centrum Zdrowia Dziecka im. św. Jana Pawła II: The Górnośląskie Centrum Zdrowia Dziecka im. św. Jana Pawła II hospital celebrated World Prematurity Day with parents and their children.
Nascer Prematuro: A training session about Baby-Wearing was organised by the parent organisation Nascer Prematuro. They also invited preemies, parents and friends to a join-in concert. There were also illuminated buildings, raising awareness for prematurity births.
Baby Care Sibiu: The Gong theatre in Romania surprised the Baby Care Sibu organization this year by lighting up their building in purple without telling them beforehand. Baby Care Sibu also celebrated this special day at the Spitalul Clinic Județean de Urgență Sibiu with parents and premature born babies.
Asociatia Unu si Unu: Asociatia Unu si Unu held a party for parents and children of all ages at the Universitar de Urgență Bucureștito hospital to celebrate World Prematurity Day 2019. In addition, the city hall of Târgoviște was lit in purple.
Pravo na chudo (Right for a miracle): In Moscow, purple lights are traditionally lit on the Crimean bridge. In Komi, the Altai Republic, Ingushetia, and Karelia, the facades of regional perinatal centers will be highlighted. In Yakutsk and Chelyabinsk, the purple TV tower will become the symbol of World Premature Day. In total, 102 cultural-historical, administrative and sports facilities in 43 cities and 3 rural settlements of Russia will be highlighted in purple in support of the international action. Even a mommoth in a museum was illuminated.
Malicek: Numerous illuminatiosn were arranged, the singer Monica Ližbetin dedicated the song Verim – song to my son, to all preterm born babies who are real warriors. The News broadcasted a report on TV.
Aprem: The town hall of Apiary Viejo and the Cibeles in Madrid amongst other landmarks in the country were illuminated to celebrate world prematurity day. Besides, in the neonatal unit of the Gregorio Maranon Hospital in Madrid festivities took place, where staff and families celebrated together.
Svenska Prematurforbundet / Prematurföreningen Stockholm: Prematurföreningen Stockholm and Lilla barnets fond hosted a scientific seminar at Karolinska University hospital on the long term effects of preterm birth on former preterms. Musician, composer and founder of the charity Tumeliten, Robert Wells gave a charity concert at the academic hospital in Uppsala.
Premature Baby Foundation of Taiwan: Landmarks in Taipei and other disctricts of Taiwan were illuminated. As every year the Premature Baby Foundation of Taiwan realized lightings like the Taipei 101, the Pingtung Bay Cross-Sea Bridge and many more. In line with their motto: Every baby needs to grow up healthy and make a good life ~ come on ^^ they organised three events: a press conference with new Taipei city a purple light show from Taipei to pingtung bay, pingtung and an international seminar on the birth and newborn referral system.
Doris Mollel Foundation: The foundation commemorated World Prematurity Day by conduct a discussion with mothers who gave birth too soon on challenges that they face as they raise preterm babies most importantly to parental leave. Guest of Honor was the Minsiter for Constitutional and Legal affairs Hon Augustine Mahiga, special guest Amb. Getrude Mongela, a women’s rights activist.
El Bebek Gül bebek: Many monumental buildings like the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Galata Tower, Süreyya Opera House and İstinye Park were illuminated in purple in honor of preterm babies and their families.The Ege University Medical Faculty and many other hospitals joined the celebrations on World Prematurity Day with social gatherings.
Early Birds: With an origami flashmob, the organisation made the issue of preterm birth visible – 20,000 cranes in purple shades were folded by NICU staff, parents, and supporters to represent the number of babies born preterm each year in Ukraine. Moreover, several buildings, for example the Saint Sophia’s Cathedral in Kyiv, were illuminated.
BLISS Charity: On and around World Prematurity Day, BLISS runs the campaign “Bliss Little lights – Light up the night! At a lantern walk for premature and sick babies, hope and strength of premature babies and their families shall be celebrated. The walk is also a fundraising activity for BLISS.
Vygon: As in previous years, affiliates all over the world have joined in the World Prematurity Day celebrations. Backed by their experience in Neonatology, the different teams created events in several countries , e.g. France, USA, UK, Australia, Nigeria, Mexico, Taïwan, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Thailand, South Africa, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Qatar, and many more.
Dräger: The company encouraged users of ther incubator Babyleo to change the mood light to purle; also the y encouraged visitors of their website and followers of the rsocial media to share their activities on twitter, using the hashtag #purpleforpreemies and tagging Dräger’s social media handle to get involved.