World Prematurity Day 2014

I got a nephew who was born premature this year. I can still remember how concerned we all were about his condition (and his mom, of course) when my sister-in-law were in for the c-section. Even in this modern era, when science and technology has developed so much, you still feel a bit uneasy and worry about the risk of preterm birth. Thank goodness, he’s ok and now coming to three months old. We look forward to seeing him when we visit KL again, maybe in the near future.

World Prematurity Day

The World Prematurity Day (WPD) is observed on 17 November each year to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide. The first international awareness day for preterm birth on 17 November was created by European parent organisations in 2008. It has been celebrated as World Prematurity Day since 2011. [Wiki].  In 2013 more than 60 countries worldwide celebrated the day and raised awareness for prematurity, newborn and maternal health.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 15 million babies are born preterm each year, accounting for about one in 10 of all babies born worldwide. World Prematurity Day is a global movement to raise awareness about prematurity highlighting the burden of preterm birth, informing on simple, proven cost-effective solutions, and envoking compassion for families who have experienced preterm birth. Prematurity is the world’s single biggest cause of newborn death, and the second leading cause of all child deaths, after pneumonia.

Many of the preterm babies who survive face a lifetime of disability.

preterm birth
Pic credit: World Health Organization (WHO)

Today, will be the fourth year that the world celebrate WPD and I’m pretty sure my brother and his family will be having a small celebration at home tonight.

World Prematurity Day 2014


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