15 million babies are born too soon each year across the globe - that’s 29 every minute. Sadly, around one million of these babies will not survive.
In 2008 organisations and charities came together to raise awareness of the issue and began to celebrate World Prematurity Day, on 17 November each year. Since then the event has gone from strength to strength and is now celebrated by millions of people around the world.
Activities at Bliss this year included lighting up public buildings in purple, holding Little Lights Walks around the UK, asking parents to share their story and a 'Thunderclap' on social media, which reached nearly a million people.
This infographic helps to illustrate why it so vital to raise awareness of prematurity, in the UK and globally.
Bliss would like to thank everyone who took part on World Prematurity Day this year, whether you lit a building purple, shared your story, took part in a Little Lights Walk, held a fundraising event, supported us on social media or just wore one of our Bliss ribbons.
Without your help we would be unable to make a difference to the lives of babies born prematurely and their families.
If you’d still like to donate to our World Prematurity Day Appeal, please click here