World Prematurity Day (Nov. 17th)
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World Prematurity Day on November 17 is one of the most important days of the year to raise awareness of the challenges and burden of preterm birth globally. The day was initiated by EFCNI and partnering European parent organizations in 2008. The international co-founders LittleBigSouls (Africa), March of Dimes (USA) and National Preemie Foundation (Australia) joined the celebrations and made World Prematurity Day an intercontinental movement. Meanwhile, countless individuals and organizations from more than 100 countries join forces with activities, special events and a commitment to action to help address preterm birth and improve the situation of preterm babies and their families.

Everyone is warmly invited to join this day with activities or events: parent organizations, hospitals, non-profit organizations, healthcare professionals, societies, companies, politicians, media, and individuals. No matter how much time, money or manpower you are able to spare – even with simple things you can make a difference!

The typical socksline and purple lightings have become symbols of World Prematurity Day. The purple color in the visual identity stands for sensitivity and exceptionality.

The global motto for World Prematurity Day 2018 is: Working Together: Partnering with Families in the Care of Small and Sick Newborns

A few websites with more info:

http://www.who.int/life-course/news/events/world-prematurity-day-2018/en/

https://www.marchofdimes.org/world-prematurity-day.aspx

http://nidcap.org/en/nfi-news/world-prematurity-day-2018/

NEANN wants to thank you and recognize what you do, so please Share the pride in the great work you do for premature babies!

If your institution permits, please wear Purple at work that day to support the babies!

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