World Prematurity Day on 17 November is one of the most important days in the year to raise awareness of the challenges and burden of preterm birth globally. Premature birth is birth that happens too soon, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Babies born this early may have more health problems or may need to stay in the hospital longer than babies born later.
For several years Adam Mickiewicz University has been supporting this action by lighting up its most recognizable buildings in purple. Across the world, a number of buildings will be lighting up purple and in previous years has included iconic buildings such as the Empire State Building in New York.
This year, on Tuesday, November 17, the building of AMU Collegium Minus – at ul. Wieniawskiego 1 in Poznan will be lit up purple. This color is a symbolic sign of prematurely born babies. The action aims to increase public awareness about prematurity, preterm births and problems of prematurely born babies and their families around the world.
- Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm (before 37 completed weeks of gestation), and this number is rising.
- Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age, responsible for approximately 1 million deaths in 2015 (1).
- Three-quarters of these deaths could be prevented with current, cost-effective interventions.
- Across 184 countries, the rate of preterm birth ranges from 5% to 18% of babies born.
- extremely preterm (less than 28 weeks)
- very preterm (28 to 32 weeks)
- moderate to late preterm (32 to 37 weeks).
Induction or caesarean birth should not be planned before 39 completed weeks unless medically indicated.