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Posted on Wednesday 1st March, 2017

World Birth Defects Day 2017

Birth defects affect 3-6% of infants worldwide.  It's a major cause of death/disability.  Lend your voice! #WorldBDDay
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Some facts and actions about birth defects

- Birth defects, also known as congenital anomalies, are common, costly, and critical

- Worldwide, all countries and their populations are affected by birth defects, but the toll is
particularly high in low and middle resource countries

- Birth defects are a major cause of stillbirth and neonatal mortality

- Those who survive with birth defects may suffer a lifetime of disability.  These children and adults need good healthcare services to improve their quality of life and allow them to participat in society

- Many birth defects can be prevented by taking appropriate measures before and during pregnancy

- There is a need to establish national surveillance systems to get accurate national, regional and global estimates of birth defects

- There is a need to advocate for policy and resource support for research aimed at finding causes of birth defects, for prevention programs and for improving care of those affected


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