We trust your plans for WPD 2019 are well underway? Please share pictures from your day with other NNASA members via our Facebook site.

We hope the resources below will help you in your advocacy and awareness campaigns in your hospitals. Share with your colleagues, PRO officers and the public.


World Prematurity Day is an opportunity to call attention to the heavy burden of death and disability and the pain and suffering that preterm birth causes. It is also a chance to talk about solutions. The multitude of events organized around the globe on World Prematurity Day remain the heart of the effort. Each year, an increasing number of countries have observed World Prematurity Day by organizing national and local events, including public art installations, parliamentary hearings, health professional meetings, and marches.

2019 Theme

We invite you to use the World Prematurity Day 2019 theme: “Born Too Soon: Providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place.” A message map with the benefits of family partnership in care for children, families, parents, health care professionals, policymakers and others is available below.

Born Too Soon: Providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place

Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely – more than one in ten of all babies around the world. World Prematurity Day is a key moment to focus global attention on the leading cause of child deaths under age 5: complications from preterm birth,  which account for nearly 1 million deaths each year (UNICEF). Without a major push to reduce these deaths, we will not reach the global goal endorsed by 193 countries to end all preventable newborn and child deaths by 2030.

Share your World Prematurity Day experience and plans, download social media resources, and share social media links within your networks.

To assist your planning, global partners are developing a World Prematurity Day toolkit, including:

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