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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