Little Feet but big steps forward – International World Premature Day

One in ten babies worldwide is born prematurely. Less than 5% of them have access to neonatal intensive care, surfactant, ventilator support or incubator care.

Today, November 17, Haydom Hospital celebrates its tiny survivors and their parents on International World Prematurity Day. Wearing purple means showing responsibility and solidarity toward premature babies worldwide.

Haydom’s premature care unit was all decorated in purple today. There was a welcoming ceremony for the arriving parents and their ex-preemie babies, followed by lectures. Both babies and parents received small gifts, lemonade and cake from Haydom Hospital staff on their special day.

Everyone was celebrating life today.

By the way, a universally used simple non-electrical method of keeping premature babies warm, known all over the world, is kangaroo mother care – In this method, the premature baby lies skin to skin on its stomach on the parent’s bare chest wrapped only by a cloth. This prevents infections, increases the survival rate and stabilizes the body temperature of the newborn. For this we are still urgently looking for comfortable recliner chairs for the mothers in Haydom.

You can easily support this with your donation here.

Furthermore, we are still looking for funds for the purchase of:
1.) Foldable comfortable recliner deck chairs for the mothers during the kangaroo mother care (4 chairs for 50 Euro each)
2.) New Warmilus, non-electric infant warmers for newborns (100 Euro each)
3.) New Bubble CPAPs (500 euros for each device)

Let’s wear purple today and show color for Haydom’s premature and preemie babies worldwide.