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Campaign: 11 Months – 11 Topics (2023)

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With the campaign 11 Months – 11 Topics, EFCNI focuses its social media and online communication on one topic of the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health (ESCNH) per month – starting from February until December each year. These monthly topics correspond to the eleven main subjects of the ESCNH. Every month, the corresponding topic is promoted by sharing related publications, news, interviews, or guest articles.

The online campaign 11 Months – 11 Topics took off in 2016 and aims at reaching out explicitly to healthcare professionals and policy makers. Yet, also lay persons who are to benefit from the dissemination of the standards in the long run, namely the preterm babies and their parents, relatives, and friends, are addressees of 11 Month – 11 Topics. With this campaign, extensive information and best practice examples are shared to raise awareness for the needs of preterm patients and, hence, for the ESCNH.

Here you find an overview of the topics which are featured monthly:

In 2023, the campaign enters its 8th year. This year, the lifecycle and implementation projects are foremost on our minds. Of course, we will also continue to promote the ESCNH.

Each individual standard has an in-built lifecycle, meaning that it is automatically flagged for review after a pre-determined period of time. In the previous year, 20 individual standards went through this process; this year, another 76 standards are scheduled for revision. Over the course of this year, then, we will organise a systematic review of these standards, asking both experts and the general public for feedback to ensure that each standard continues to reflect the evolving state of the art.

Another central concern of our activities in 2023 is approaches to implementing the ESCNH across Europe. To that end, we will develop tools to empower stakeholders and encourage them to put the ESCNH into practice, whether on an individual, local/regional, or national level.

Finally, we will continue to promote the ESCNH by featuring one “standard in brief” each month. The “standard in brief” provides a concise overview of one particular standard and summarises its importance in an easily accessible visual. Our hope is that it encourages more people to get involved in the project and to learn about the issues at hand.

The following articles and features have been published so far:

Data collection and documentation (February)

Birth & transfer (March)

Follow-up & continuing care (April)

NICU design (May)

Medical care & clinical practice (June)

Ethical decision making & palliative care (July)

Nutrition (August)

Education & training (September)

Patient safety & hygiene practice (October)

Infant- & family-centred developmental care (November)

Care Procedures (December)

The information provided in the campaign of the previous years is available here: