Did You Know?
Approximately 15 million babies are born preterm each year, accounting for about one in 10 of all babies worldwide
November has been recognised as World Prematurity Awareness Month, an opportunity to reflect on the million babies born prematurely in the world. November 17th, has been declared the day to raise awareness about challenges of premature birth globally. The day is represented by a purple color which stands for sensitivity and exceptionality.
World Prematurity Awareness Month is an annual event observed in November to bring attention to the critical issue of premature birth. This global initiative aims to educate and raise awareness about the causes, prevention, and treatment of premature birth, as well as the impact it has on families and society as a whole. The foundation has been celebrating the day in partnership with Life Brenthurst Hospital since its inception in 2019.
In 2022 the foundation collaborated with Netcare Park Lane Hospital, Life Brenthurst Hospital, and Dr. SK Matseke Memorial Hospital during World Prematurity Celebrations Day.
Premature birth is a significant health concern that affects millions of babies worldwide. It can result in serious health complications and developmental delays. It is also a leading cause of infant mortality. Raising awareness about the causes, prevention, and treatment of premature birth is critical in helping families and healthcare professionals to make informed decisions about prenatal care and delivery options. Early detection and intervention can greatly improve the health outcomes for premature babies and their families.
Premature birth can be emotionally and financially devastating for families. The experience of having a premature baby involves long hospital stays with complicated medical treatments. Families are advised and encouraged to seek therapy, speaking to a professional on any matter has proven to help significantly in life.
The cost of care for premature babies especially those still in the NNICU (Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit) can be significant to families already dealing with the stress of the premature babies development in the NNICU. Premature birth also has economic and social costs that affect society as a whole.
You can support World Prematurity Month by participating in the foundations activities for the month, starting with the Preemie Family Fun Walk. Spreading awareness about the issue on social media and in your community. If you or someone you know has been affected by premature birth, sharing your story can help raise awareness and provide support to others going through a similar experience.
Mahlogonolo Thobile Foundation aims to raise awareness of the various challenges women face that may cause premature birth. Go on, subscribe to our mailing list and be the first to find out about our upcoming programs