World Prematurity Day became an international movement when its co-founders LittleBigSouls (Africa), March of Dimes (USA), and National Premmie Foundation (Australia) joined in the festivities. While this is happening, numerous people and organizations from more than 100 different nations team up, organize special events and pledge to address preterm delivery and aid preterm babies and their families.
Everyone, including parent organizations, hospitals, non-profit organizations, healthcare professionals, societies, businesses, politicians, the media, and individuals, is cordially asked to participate in the activities or events planned for this day. Regardless of how much time, money, or labor you must spare, even small changes can have a big impact.
In addition to purple, a symbol of exceptionality and sensitivity, the socks line has come to represent World Prematurity Day. One in ten babies is born preterm, symbolized by the small pair of purple socks surrounded by nine full-size baby socks.
New Guidelines for Treatment of Premature Infants
The World Health Organization Geneva’s Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing will release new guidelines on World Prematurity Day 2022, November 17, 2022, based on newly available data that will help provide better treatment for premature or low birth weight infants. The ‘what’, ‘where’, and ‘how’ for enhancing the survival, health, and well-being of preterm and low birth weight babies are significantly expanded by the 25 recommendations. This includes incorporating families in the care of their newborns from the moment of birth and providing kangaroo mother care.