World Prematurity Day
World Prematurity Day is held on November 17. This event in the second decade of the month November is annual. Help us
Babies born before 37 weeks are considered premature. Approximately 15 million babies are born preterm each year, accounting for about one in 10 of all babies born worldwide. World Prematurity Day is observed on 17 November each year to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide.
The cause of premature birth can be a mystery. Premature babies are more likely to face challenges. Premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide.
The first international awareness day for preterm birth on 17 November was created by European parent organizations in 2008. It has been celebrated as World Prematurity Day since 2011.
Purple is the official color for World Prematurity Day. Observers of World Prematurity Day may wear your purple ribbon pin or use a purple lightbulb.
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