3 March 2015 // More than 8 million babies worldwide are born each year with a serious birth defect. Birth defects are a leading cause of death in the first year of life, and babies who survive may have life-long physical or mental disabilities. Spina bifida is the most common kind of neural tube defect (also called NTD). NTDs are birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. Birth defects are health conditions that are present at birth.
The International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and 11 other international organisations working on birth defects have created the first-ever World Birth Defects Day to raise awareness of this serious global health concern and advocate for more prevention, care and research to help babies and children. We’re urging the public, governments, non-governmental organizations, policymakers, researchers and health care providers around the world to help us work together toward a healthy future for all children.
Birth defects affect all races and ethnicities. Everyone can get involved in raising awareness. Please help us mark the first World Birth Defects Day by participating in social media activities and share a story about the impact of birth defects on you and your family. If you are a health care professional, speak about the steps women can take to help lower their risk of the risk of their baby developing a birth defect.
Lend us your voice!
- Join the buzzday on Twitter on March 3 — #worldbdday
- Register to be a part of the Thunderclap — a message will be sent out at 9:00 a.m. EST on March 3 to help raise awareness
World Birth Defects Day 2015 partners
- CDC – U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- ECLAMC - Estudio Colaborativo Latino Americano de Malformaciones Congénitas
- EDRIC - European Dysmelia Reference Information Centre
- EUROCAT – European Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies
- IFSBH – International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
- ICBDSR – International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research
- March of Dimes
- Neonatal Alliance - Latin America and Caribbean Newborn Health Alliance
- NBDPN – National Birth Defects Prevention Network
- PAHO – Pan American Health Organization
- PMNHC – The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
- WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia