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The global theme for World Prematurity Day 2021 is:
Zero Separation
Act now! Keep parents and babies born too soon together.

World Prematurity Day on 17 November is one of the most important days in the year to raise awareness of the challenges and burden of preterm birth globally. The day was initiated by EFCNI and partnering European parent organisations in 2008. Meanwhile, countless individuals and organisations from more than 100 countries join forces with activities, special events and commit to action to help address preterm birth and improve the situation of preterm babies and their families.

Make World Prematurity Day November 17th the day of change!

Everyone is warmly invited to join this day with activities or events: parent organisations, hospitals, non-profit organisations, healthcare professionals, societies, companies, politicians, media, and individuals. No matter how much time, money or manpower you are able to spare – even with simple things you can make a difference! The typical socks line and purple lightings have become symbols of World Prematurity Day. The purple colour in the visual identity stands for sensitivity and exceptionality.

Support NEC UK by Sponsoring a Mini NICU Parent Hygiene Pack launching in line with World Prematurity Awareness Month.  

You talked, We listened. We are now providing mini hygiene care packs to units across the UK to be given to any parents in need.

For Just £5 you can sponsor a NICU Mini Parent Hygiene Pack

NICU Parents are often admitted to hospital at short notice. This means that some come ill-equipped for their stay without even basic hygiene essentials, at what is often a confusing and difficult time. The NICU experience comes with a wide range of emotions and can be quite overwhelming, especially if its unexpected.

Our NICU Mini Parent Hygiene Pack comes with a range of Basic Self-Care Toiletry items:

Toothbrush & toothpaste

Shampoo & conditioner


Flannel, hair bobble & comb

Sanitary towels & Breast pads

Hand & skin lotion

Tissues & Lip balm

Nappy & Nipple Cream

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You can find further campaigning materials for World Prematurity Day 2021 like logo badges, social media graphics and banners – also available in several languages – and a social media toolkit for your World Prematurity Day Campaign over on the EFCNI resources toolbox page.

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