World Prematurity Day
A multitude of associations, societies, professionals, private sector organizations and individuals have come together to mark the second ever World Prematurity Day on 17 November 2012 with a number of events and activities bringing attention to the global challenge of premature birth. Preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal mortality and now the number two cause of child mortality globally—a major hurdle to reducing the number of children who die before their fifth birthday. World Prematurity Day 2012 will build on momentum created by the 2 May launch of Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth, which presented first-ever statistics on the growing global tragedy of preterm babies and set in motion a global movement to promote progress on preterm birth in support of the Every Woman Every Child effort led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
To help create a buzz online in the lead up to this important day of action, like World Prematurity Day on Facebook, where you can put a face on the problem of premature birth by posting a photo and story to an interactive map connecting people around the world; use the #WorldPrematurityDay and #BornTooSoon hashtags to join the global conversation on Twitter; and on 16 November join a round-the-world “tweet chat” hosted by partners in different cities to have your questions answered by preterm birth experts and innovators.