World Prematurity Day marked in the Algarve with several awareness-raising initiatives

Portimão will illuminate buildings in lilac and the Instituto Piaget de Silves will host a colloquium and workshop

The World Prematurity Day, which is celebrated on November 17, will be marked by Nascer Prematuro in partnership with several Algarve authorities, «raising citizens' awareness of the consequences and risks of premature babies and children, as well as their families. , face globally'.

«Because it is increasingly important to talk about prematurity and treat this issue seriously», the campaign “Do you know what is extraordinary?” will be launched, which involves “the dissemination of posters that reveal some particularities of prematurity and demystify some associated myths” , begins by saying Born Premature.

This initiative aims to "sensitize the population in general, as well as organizations and institutions, to the issue of premature birth, trusting that each party will assume their responsibility in ensuring better care for premature babies and their families."

Also to mark World Prematurity Day, several municipalities will illuminate emblematic buildings in their city in lilac (a color associated with the cause). A symbolic gesture that is repeated around the world.

Therefore, the autarchy of Portimão it will illuminate the buildings of the Paços do Concelho, TEMPO – Municipal Theater of Portimão and the Museu de Portimão, from tomorrow, 16 November, until the end of the month.


Town Hall of Portimão illuminated in lilac color


To mark the ephemeris, in Silves, the Piaget Institute will hold a colloquium and a workshops, on the 19th of November, in the auditorium of its Academic Campus.

The initiative, aimed primarily at nurses, nursing students and other health professionals, aims to "sensitize students and the rest of the academic community to the issue of prematurity, while providing a training and interdisciplinary sharing moment", explains Piaget of Silves.

The program of activities prepared by the Jean Piaget School of Health, in Silves, starts at 8:30 am, with a workshop with the theme “Basic Pediatric Life Support”.

At 11:00 am, the colloquium will start, which will last until the end of the afternoon, with multiple interventions by health professionals and debates.

The colloquium program can be consulted on the website of the Piaget Institute of Silves.



According to Nascer Prematuro, in Europe “approximately half a million premature newborns are born every year and it is estimated that, worldwide, the number rises to 15 million, constituting one in every ten live births, while that in our country, according to data from EuroPeristat, from 2015, there are 8% of premature births, which represented the birth in 2020 of 6754 premature babies».

Some of these babies "need to be admitted to intensive care units, either because they were born before 35 weeks, or because they had less than 2000 grams at birth, or because they developed some kind of pathology", says Nascer Prematuro.

Globally, complications from preterm birth “are responsible for one million deaths and represent the leading cause of death under the age of five, with many who survive facing lifelong problems such as learning disabilities or visual and as well as more serious complications such as cerebral palsy and bronchopulmonary dysplasia», he emphasizes.

On November 17, Nascer Prematuro will also promote the “Fórum Parentalidade at the NICU: Pequenos mas Strong! – impact of the pandemic on care and parenting” taking place at the University Hospital Center of the Algarve (CHUA).

The forum will be based on national and global data related to prematurity and the Covid-19 pandemic.

The president of Nascer Prematuro, Rute Gago, will be present with a presentation on how the Association has adapted its activities in these two years and will bring the results of the national study on restrictions on the presence of parents with newborns during the pandemic.

Johanna Kostenzer will present, in turn, the results of the worldwide study that the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) carried out on the consequences of restrictions imposed on the care of pregnant women, parents and newborns and some scientific evidence who support the Zero Separation campaign.

We will also have a report on the situation experienced at the University Hospital Center of Algarve, in the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Medicine (SMIPN) service, during the pandemic, by the director of the service, João Rosa and by Sara Almeida, who will speak about the psychological and emotional impact of this situation, with a small allusion to the situation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the University Hospital of São João.

The actions that mark the celebrations of the World Prematurity Day «are only possible thanks to the unconditional support of Letter 7 and the University Hospital Center of the Algarve and the partnerships established with the Municipality of Portimão, from Faro, Lagoa, Lagos, Monchique and Alcoutim.