World Prematurity Day 2012

Global Illumination Initiative

Shine a light on World Prematurity Day 2012

World Prematurity Day partners are inviting organizations and individuals in all countries to demonstrate their unity for the sake of the world’s most vulnerable children and their families by joining the Global Illumination Initiative in shedding purple light on landmarks, buildings, monuments etc. in honour of this important health issue.

To assist those interested in taking up this ambitious challenge, the European Foundation for Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) has developed a "toolkit" containing information, ideas and a letter of support from EFCNI and partners the March of Dimes in the United States, Little Big Souls International Foundation in Africa, and the National Premmie Foundation in Australia to endorse individual projects supporting the Global Illumination Initiative.

Petition: Turn the White House Purple for Premature Babies

Volunteers and supporters of PMNCH member organization the March of Dimes are calling for the President of the United States to light the White House in purple on 3 January 2013 to honor the 75th anniversary of the founding of the March of Dimes by President Franklin Roosevelt, and as a symbol of hope for families whose children have been born too soon. Just as the March of Dimes galvanized America to defeat polio, today millions of March of Dimes volunteers are working to support research and programs to identify the causes of premature birth. The March of Dimes hopes to gather 25,000 signatures by 16 November, the eve of World Prematurity Day, to support their petition to honor babies born prematurely by lighting in purple the birthplace of the March of Dimes: the White House.