World Prematurity Day

Since 2011, WorldPrematurity Day is observed on 17 November each year

to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide. Approximately 15 million babies are born preterm each year, accounting for about one in 10 of all babies born worldwide. 

Parent groups, families, health professionals, hospitals, organizations and other stakeholders involved in preterm birth observe 17 November with media campaigns, local events and other activities conducted on a local, regional, national or international level to raise awareness among the public