Annually, an estimated 8 million children or 6 percent of total births worldwide--are born with serious birth defects of genetic or partially genetic origin (March of Dimes). It is also estimated that around 3.3 million children less than 5 years of age die annually because of serious birth defects and the majority of those who survive may be mentally and physically disabled for life. In the Philippines, congenital anomalies rank among the top 20 causes of death across the lifespan and are the third leading cause of death in the infancy period.
In 2010, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution urging member states to raise awareness about the importance of prevention of birth defects. All stakeholders, including individuals with birth defects and their families, the public, governments, non-governmental and civil society organizations, policy makers, researchers and health care providers around the world, were encouraged to conduct activities that increase public awareness of the importance of the prevention of birth defects.
As the result of this, the First World Birth Defects Day was initiated on March 3, 2015. It was the first truly inclusive and wide-reaching global awareness event celebrated by various organizations all over the world.
This coming March 3, 2016, marks the second annual World Birth Defects Day (WorldBDday). WorldBDday provides a platform to advocate for increased economic, political, and intellectual support to improve birth defects surveillance, prevention, care, and research by global communities and countries.
In the Philippines, the Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates International, Inc., and other organizations through the leadership of the Institute of Human Genetics shall be joining to this worthwhile endeavor.
Help us in raising awareness for this cause!
Join this Thunderclap
We need you to spread the word by joining the Thunderclap for World Birth Defects Day. Thunderclap is a crowd-speaking platform that will help amplify our mission to raise awareness of birth defects with the power of a crowd. When you join today, Thunderclap will post a one-time message at 9 a.m. ET on March 3 to your social media account of choice. You can join us by using your Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr account or all three! With your help, we can reach more people and raise awareness about the global crisis of birth defects.
On March 3, share your story about the impact of birth defects on you, your child or someone you know. With our partners, we’ll be urging policymakers, researchers, health care providers and citizens across the globe to help improve birth defects surveillance, prevention, care, and research by global communities and countries. We need you to join in as well!
Here are two actions you can take to promote Buzzday in social media:
1. Post an announcement on your blog, Facebook, Twitter or other social media platform using #WorldBDday
a. Sample post: An estimated 270 000 newborns die during the first 28 days of life every year from birth defects. Help us raise awareness about World Birth Defects Day on March 3 #WorldBDday
b. Sample tweet: Over 270,000 newborns die in the first 28 days of life every year from birth defects. Help raise awareness on March 3 #WorldBDday
2. Join the Buzzday on Twitter on March 3. Plan to send one or more messages using #WorldBDday at some point during the day. Retweet both promotional and day-of messages to build the buzz for the day.
Links and Resources:
World Health Organization