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World Prematurity Day: an important celebration for Vygon

Since 2015, Vygon is committed to celebrate the tiniest and toughest fighters.


What is the World Prematurity Day ?

The World Prematurity Day – on November 17th – is the occasion to raise awareness on neonatology, and encourage to improve the treatment and care of all premature babies on an international scale. The aim is to give preemies equal survival chances worldwide without avoidable long-term complications.


What is the history of the World Prematurity Day?

It all started in 1997, when Silke Mader was expecting twins. They were delivered prematurely at 25 weeks of pregnancy, one passed away after one week and the other one is now a growing healthy teenager. This challenging experience taught Silke Mader that there were location-related gaps in premature babies care.
In 2008, she cofounded the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI). She joined forces with PD Dr Matthias Keller, neonatologist, Thomas Föringer, lawyer and Jürgen Popp, father who lost his premature triplets. Since then, their purpose has been to meaningfully improve the care and situation of preterm babies and their families on an European level.
To enhance their impact, they created, in 2009, the International Prematurity Awareness Day which was renamed a couple of years later, World Prematurity Day.


What is Vygon’s place in this event ?

Because we value life, Vygon has dedicated a whole activity to neonatology for more than 40 years, in order to invent engineered single-use medical devices in collaboration with neonatologists. Our objective is to help healthcare professionals to give optimal care to each premature infant worldwide.
That’s why we fully support the World Prematurity Day.
Since 2015, November 17th has been an important date for Vygon and we have celebrated it worldwide. In 2019, 54 countries joined Vygon in the celebration.



What did Vygon organise for the 2020 edition?

In 2020, Vygon is still committed to celebrating World Prematurity Day under the themes of optimising care and the importance of parental impact. Especially during the Covid-19 period where parents can not be as close to their babies as they wish.

For this year’s edition:

  • We distributed WPD masks to celebrate this special event with the protective measures.
  • We did a press conference on the 5th of November, in partnership with the “SOS Prema” parents’ association on the theme “WPD: Giving the best care to the little ones!”
  • We did a internal webinar on November 17th with Dr Van Herreweghe, who explained the daily challenges for the neonatologists to Vygon’s employees and partners.
  • We shared internally a parent testimony video.
  • And many other events all over the world were organised! Such as, webinars, marathons, cake cutting ceremonies, decorations, building illuminations…

Video World Prematurity Day 2020


2020 WPD map


How did Vygon contribute to the WPD in 2019?



In 2019, more than 50 countries joined us in the celebration.


As you can watch in the video below, many events were organised: cake ceremonies, children’s activities, flash mobs, marathons, illuminations on buildings, donations, festive events in malls, etc.





  Video World Prematurity Day flashbacks


2019 WPD map