World Prematurity Day

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World Prematurity Day
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World Prematurity Day

November 17th is designated as World Prematurity Day, an annual observance dedicated to raising awareness about preterm birth and the challenges it poses for families, while also celebrating the lives of preterm infants.

Initiated in 2008 by the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) in collaboration with European parent organizations, World Prematurity Day addresses the significant impact of preterm birth, which remains the leading cause of infant mortality, responsible for over one-fifth of all deaths in children under the age of five. Surviving preterm birth may also entail long-term health consequences, including a heightened risk of disability and developmental delays.

The symbolic color for World Prematurity Day is purple, representing sensitivity and exceptionality. Globally recognized, the color purple serves as a unifying symbol for preterm birth and World Prematurity Day itself.