World Prematurity Day 2012

Country & Partner actions

World Prematurity Day Partner and country activities range from national events organized by governmental organizations to parent group activities conducted in local hosptials. Actions included:

  • lighting up landmarks and buildings in purple to honour preterm babies and their parents,
  • parent’s march events and workshops, and
  • raising awareness through posters at local hospitals.

Find below a Report which provides details on the different country activities. Also find below and on the right, Commitment Statements to the Born Too Soon Campaign and country actions.


Argentina’s “largest gathering of people born prematurely” is now a Guinness World Record™

16 NOVEMBER 2012| BUENOS AIRES, Argentina- The “Celebration of Life”, that gathered more than one thousand children and adolescents born before the 37 week of pregnancy is now a Guinness World Record™ in time for World Prematurity Day to be celebrated tomorrow. Families and children got together on September 30, 2012 and formed a human smile that became the largest gathering of people born prematurely.

On World Prematurity Day midwives around the world say Let Us Save Lives!

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) joins with midwives around the world to mark World Prematurity Day and highlight the increasing tragedy of babies dying from pre-term birth - and the solutions.

March of Dimes: Global Partners Challenge 39 High-Income Countries

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., NOV. 16, 2012 – Lowering preterm birth rates by an average of 5 percent across 39 high-resource countries, including the United States, by 2015 would prevent prematurity for 58,000 babies a year, a group of international experts said today. In an article published in The Lancet to coincide with the second annual World Prematurity Day, the expert group say prevention of preterm birth also could save billions in economic costs.