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World Prematurity Day

15 million babies are born prematurely every year around the world. As a result, over a million of these babies die, and the others have to endure health complications throughout their lives. This could happen to anyone, regardless of where they reside, their culture, or social situation. Therefore, World Prematurity Day exists for the world to celebrate every year in order to raise awareness.

World Prematurity Day: Brief Intro

One of the most important days of the year is World Prematurity Day, which takes place on November 17th. It is dedicated to raising awareness about the challenges and burden of premature birth around the world. Hence, World Prematurity Day was established in 2008 by European Foundation for The Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) and its European parent organisations as a joint initiative.

Not just that, there are also numerous individuals and organisations from over 100 countries joining in the forces to tackle preterm birth issues. The joint force has aimed to improve the status of preterm babies and their families through activities, special events, and commitments to action.

The Global 2021 Theme


World Prematurity Day 2021 has set its global theme as “Zero Separation. Act now! Keep parents and babies born too soon together.

The Symbols

World Prematurity Day

Based on the above illustration, there are two primary symbols to consider. Here are the lists:

Purple colour – The chosen colour to symbolise the day is, purple! This is because purple actually represents sensitivity and exceptionality.

Socks line – And socks line is another chosen item to symbolise World Prematurity Day. This is to portray the small pair of purple socks, which is framed by nine full-size baby socks. Therefore, it represents the fact that one in every ten newborns is born prematurely, worldwide.

Who can celebrate World Prematurity Day?

The answer is us! Yes, we are the ones who should be celebrating the day through activities, donations, spreading awareness and so forth. Hence, here is a flashback of the celebration by the Vygon Group in 2019.

From the video, we can see how over 50 countries, including Malaysia, had participated in the event to create worldwide awareness.

How to participate?

There are many ways parents can do to participate in World Prematurity Day. And, the European Foundation for The Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) has also come up with interesting campaigns and free materials for your download. Therefore, if you are a social media enthusiast and experience premature or pre-term birth, then this activity is for you!

Photo Challenge
World Prematurity Day

This is just one of the activities that parents can do to join celebrate the day. However, for more materials and campaigns from EFCNI, click here.

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