March 3 Marks the First Annual World Birth Defects DayPosted on by
This March 3 marks the first annual World Birth Defects Day, launched by a network of 12 leading global health organizations. The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness about the occurrence of birth defects, develop and implement primary prevention programs, and expand referral and care services for all persons with birth defects. Our vision is for every child to have the best health possible and the potential for a full and productive life.
Birth defects are a common, costly, and critical public health challenge. They are the leading cause of death in infants and young children. Babies who survive have an increased risk for long-term disabilities. These disabilities often result in decreased productivity and loss of potential income for the individual and their caretakers, and require costly medical treatments (including surgery and medications). Long-term disabilities also place a heavy burden on health systems that are already strained due to the challenges of operating in low-resource settings.
For too long, birth defects have not received sufficient attention to advance their prevention and care. This is why a network of international organizations engaged in research, surveillance and advocacy has formed to collaborate with stakeholders worldwide to raise awareness of birth defects, with the goal of promoting prevention, better care and research.
As a network, we recognize that partnerships are critical to our mission. We cannot do this work alone. As we continue to seek opportunities for current and future collaboration, we invite you to join our efforts to help raise awareness of birth defects. If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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