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World Prematurity Day 2015

17 November, 2015

World Prematurity Day 2015

Parent groups and organisations worldwide have been celebrating World Prematurity Day today (17 November) to help raise awareness of the challenges of preterm birth.

Now in its fifth year, World Prematurity Day (WPD) was highlighted in more than 200 countries last year, with more than 60 countries planning special events.

This year, iconic buildings across the globe were lit up purple to show support, including the Blackpool Tower and the Leeds Arena in the UK, as well as the Empire State Building in New York and the CN Tower in Toronto.

Baby charity Bliss, a partner in the World Prematurity Network (the global coalition of organisations behind WPD), has been asking parents to share their premature birth stories and pictures on social media.

The charity has been adding each story to an interactive map of the UK to share with other parents from across the country.

According to Bliss, some 15 million babies are born too soon each year across the globe, of which one million will not survive.

View the WPD images and stories via Facebook and Twitter.




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