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Source: Charite – Universitatsmedizin BerlinCharité Bettenhaus Mitte and Gasometer on the EUREF Campus in purple light On the occasion of World Premature Baby Day, the Charité participates in the worldwide lighting campaign “Light it up purple!”. Today, Tuesday, November 17th, the south side of the Charité Bettenhaus Mitte in Luisenstrasse will be illuminated in purple from 4.30 p.m. In addition, the gasometer on the EUREF campus also shines in a purple light. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the challenges and needs of premature babies and their families. In Berlin, almost nine percent of all newborns are born prematurely – more than one percent of all children weigh less than 1,500 grams at birth. Especially premature babies with a very low birth weight require interdisciplinary medical care and special support over a long period of time. With around 60,000 newborns nationwide per year, premature babies form the largest patient group in pediatric medicine. “With the light campaign we want to draw attention to the situation of premature babies and their families. Despite all the medical advances, premature birth is one of the greatest threats to the life and health of children – also in Germany and Europe, ”emphasizes Dr. Monika Berns from the Clinic for Neonatology on the Charité Mitte campus and the Virchow-Klinikum campus as well as the chairwoman of the Association for the Promotion of Premature Children at the Charité e.V. She adds: “First care after the birth is crucial for the later development of premature children. This requires a well-rehearsed and interprofessional team. ”Not only do the children need special care, the parents also need medical, social and psychological support for an early start into being a parent. For example, at the Charité there is a parent counseling service, and baby guides support families with all relevant questions and provide further support options close to home.

World Premature Baby Day The World Premature Baby Day has been held annually on November 17th since 2008. Parent representatives in Europe, Africa, America and Australia draw attention to premature birth and its consequences across national borders. Cities all over the world take part in the lighting campaign and thus contribute to a unifying element around the globe.

Links: Clinic for Neonatology of the Charité Association for the Promotion of Premature Babies at the Charité Federal Association “The Premature Child e.V.” European Foundation for the Care of the Newborn InfantEUREF-Campus BerlinLivestream Gasometer

ContactDr. Monika Berns Clinic for Neonatology Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlint: +49 30 450 566 453

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