March 6, 2017
March Of Dimes Observes World Birth Defects Day
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An estimated 8 million babies around the world are born with a serious birth each year. Birth defects are a leading cause of death in the first year of life, and babies who survive may be physically or mentally disabled, taking a costly toll on their families, communities and nations.
Last year, the March of Dimes funded about $5 million in research related to birth defects. March of Dimes grantees have discovered genes that cause or contribute to a number of common birth defects, including Fragile X syndrome, cleft lip and palate, and heart defects. Most recently, a new genetic variant of muscular dystrophy was identified by a team funded in part by the March of Dimes. These discoveries have paved the way for new treatments and preventions for these conditions.
The March of Dimes also supports programs for prevention of birth defects and premature birth in Lebanon, Malawi and the Philippines.
The bi-annual International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World (ICBD) is organized by the March of Dimes in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 8th ICBD will be held in Bogota, Colombia in November, 2017.
The March of Dimes also provides educational resources to help women be as healthy as possible during pregnancy and reduce the risk of birth defects. Top tips for a healthy baby:
The March of Dimes is a member of the PUSH! Gobal Alliance and works with the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research. For more information about World Birth Defects Day, go to icbdsr.org.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.