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Campaign: 11 Months – 11 Topics

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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 2021, the campaign enters its 6th year. This year, our focus is three-fold: renewal, implementation, and information.

The first 20 standards are undergoing their scheduled review cycle and will be revised and updated to reflect the evolving state of the art. Moreover, new standards will be added over the course of the year, illustrating the complexity of neonatal care in all its facets.

Apart from renewal, implementation will also be an important theme for us this year. Several translation projects have been launched, and we will slowly add translations of the ESCNH into other languages to the website. In addition, we will again feature Lighthouse Projects to shine a light on best practice examples from all over Europe where the standards have already been successfully implemented. We hope that they will serve as a source of inspiration for those who want to bring about change in newborn care procedures.

Finally, we will continue to spread information about 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: