“Go Folic” Indian campaign promotes use of folic acid to prevent birth defects

September 1, 2015   World

International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus | Source

DSC 8315webOn 27 August, the Spina Bifida Foundation and pharma manufacturer Neyer Vitabiotics launched “Go Folic”. This is an awareness campaign to prevent neural tube defects (NTDs) by promoting use of  folic acid among pregnant women. In India, the incidences of severe birth defects are more than 25,000 to 40,000 per year. Dr Santosh Karmarkar, Consultant Pediatric Surgeon & Pediatric Urologist and Founder Trustee of Spina Bifida Foundation and the actress Raveena Tandon presented the campaign.

The “Go Folic” campaign will have initiatives like delivering lecture series in women's colleges, creating photo exhibitions, showcasing street plays, running multimedia campaigns, working with state governments and building awareness about common birth defects in schools.

IF recommends the intake of Folic Acid. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), women should take 0.4 mg per day two months before conception and during the first three months of their pregnancy to reduce the risk of a NTD affected pregnancy. Read more about the Flour Fortification Program here.