Celebrate day for prematurity

2016-11-16 06:01

This year’s World Prematurity Day, aimed at educating citizens on prematurity, will be marked on Thursday (17/11).

This is an important day for South Africans to get involved in, considering findings that in South Africa, one in seven babies are born preterm (15% of all births). Globally around 15 million babies (12% of all births) are born preterm and 1 million die due to complications and a lack of proper healthcare.

With premature births a cause for concern, campaigns about World Prematurity Day also aim to support an urgent call to halve the under 5-mortality rate between the years 2010 and 2025. This is in accordance with the fourth Millennium Development Goal (MDG).

To support this, South Africans are urged to purchase the World Prematurity Day sticker for R10 and proudly wear purple along with the sticker.


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