World Prematurity Day 2016

Join us and help raise awareness of preterm birth

Thursday, 17th November 2016 is World Prematurity Day and the National Premmie Foundation is once again participating in the international campaign to raise awareness of preterm birth. Each year Worldwide, 15 million babies are born too soon. Approximately 25,000 of these babies are born in Australia. We want everyone to honour the 15 million babies who struggled to survive this year and over 1 million babies who sadly lost their fight for life. cansite

The rate of preterm birth is increasing and yet the general public knows little about the prevention of preterm birth and the problems and risks involved in the development of a preterm infant. Preterm or premature birth, birth before 37 weeks gestation, is the second leading cause of newborn death globally. Babies who survive an early birth often face the increased risk of health challenges such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and many other hurdles. For many families, preterm birth brings with it neonatal or infant loss. So we want you to join the campaign to raise awareness of the issues these vulnerable newborns and their families face.

The National Premmie Foundation is a founding member of the World Prematurity Network. This means we have joined together with March of Dimes (USA), The European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (Europe), LittleBigSouls (Africa), Bliss (UK), Home for Premature Infants (China), the Born Great Foundation (Africa), Con Amor Venceras (Mexico) and Canadian Premature Babies Foundation to raise awareness and change the lives of babies born too soon everywhere. Read Here

 

How you can get involved

We are asking people throughout Australia to get behind World Prematurity Day.

Landmarks in major cities across the globe including Australian capital cities will be light up purple to honour the 15 million babies born too soon and to remember the 1 million who lost their fight to survive.

 

To participate

  • Change your profile picture on Facebook ( images are available here)
  • Purchase your very own candle for our Light it up purple campaign via our online store
  • Join the official World Prematurity Day Facebook page and add your story
  • Light your candle on the 17th November 2016 @ 7pm; take a photo of you and your family with the candle and post it on the NPF Facebook and the Official World Prematurity Facebook pages.
  • Make a donation online so that the National Premmie Foundation can continue its important work or simply in honour of someone whose life has been touched by a preterm birth.

 

Spread the word

We invite everyone to help spread the word about the 17th November 2016. You can update your Facebook profile image and even your cover photo, place a WPD banner on your website or blog (linking to our website), share the link to our online store so your family and friends can purchase a candle and join in celebrating the day.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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Spread the Word – World Prematurity Day Banners

 We invite everyone to help spread the word about the 17th November 2016. We encourage you to update your Facebook profile image, your cover photo, place a WPD banner on your website or blog, share the link to our online store so your family and friends can purchase a candle and join in celebrating the day.

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Please right click the image and “save as”. Attach the banner to your your web site to help promote the event and remember to link the banner to (http://prembaby.org.au)

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Why is there a World Prematurity Day?

Around the globe each year 15 million babies are born too soon, sadly around 1 million of these babies will not survive.

In 2008, the idea came about to raise awareness of the serious issues that these babies and their families face and since then the day has gained more and more support and each year has gone from strength to strength.

In 2009, the National Premmie Foundation joined forces with international groups, March of Dimes (USA), LittleBigSouls (Africa) and EFCNI (Europe) to raise awareness of the serious issues that these babies and their families face.

In 2010, the Foundation officially celebrated its first World Prematurity Day in Australia after moving our annual National Premmie Day celebrations from July to November in recognition of the world joining forces to make a difference.

In 2011 and 2012, further international groups, Bliss (UK) and Home for Premature Babies (China), joined the World Prematurity Network. Unified together, we can make a difference and raise the voice of prematurity in the public domain.

2012 was an important year for the World Prematurity Network with the release of the “Born Too Soon” The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth. This Report features the first ever estimates of preterm birth rates by country and forms part of the United Nations Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

In 2013, the Foundation celebrated World Prematurity Day on Sunday 17th November 2013 together with the World Prematurity Network and our 4 charity members in Australia.

In 2014, further international groups, Born Great Foundation (Africa), Con Amor Venceras (Mexico) and Canadian Premature Babies Foundation joined the World Prematurity Network. Australian groups, Premmie Promise Foundation, Tiny Sparks WA and Walk with Wings joined our Foundation as new charity members.

In 2015, We look forward to celebrating World Prematurity Day on Tuesday, 17th November 2015 with the World Prematurity Network and our charity members in Australia.

The “Born Too Soon” report is available to download in PDF format.

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Infographic showing the global toll of premature birth

Help us spread the word! Share the World Prematurity Day infographic that shows the global toll of premature birth, including Australia’s stats.

 

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Celine Dion supports World Prematurity Day 2012


International superstar Celine Dion is lending her support to World Prematurity Day.

Click here to see her video.

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