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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 2022, the campaign enters its 7th year. This year, we focus on revising older standards, adopting new standards, and promoting the ESCNH and their implementation in general.

Last year, the first 20 standards underwent their scheduled revision cycle where we collected expert feedback by asking renowned specialists to review the standards in question. We also gave the general public a chance to weigh in and comment on the individual standards under review. Now that all input has been collected, the respective standards are currently being 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. Neonatal care is an ever-evolving field and new insights are gained constantly – so it is paramount that the ESCNH continue to incorporate new knowledge.

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: