Global Illumination Initiative: Shedding light on premature birth

4 APRIL 2012 – Worldwide, one baby in 10 is born premature: Every year, about 13 million children are born too early. Despite this high number, the public is hardly aware of how to prevent preterm birth and the problems and risks involved in the development of a preterm infant.

For World Prematurity Day 2012, members of the Global Alliance — including PMNCH partner organization March of Dimes, the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI), Little Big Souls International Foundation in Africa and the National Premmie Foundation in Australia — are inviting organizations and individuals in all countries to demonstrate their unity for the sake of the world’s most vulnerable children and their families by joining the Global Illumination Initiative in shedding purple light on landmarks, buildings, monuments etc. in honour of this important health issue.

To assist those interested in taking up this ambitious challenge, EFCNI has developed a "toolkit" containing information, ideas and a letter of support from EFCNI and the Global Alliance to endorse individual projects supporting the Global Illumination Initiative.