National Down Syndrome Day in South Africa
National Down Syndrome Day in South Africa is held on October 20. This event in the second decade of the month October is annual. Help us
The cause of Down syndrome is not related to age, race, religion or socio-economic situations. One in every 691 babies in the U.S. is born with Down syndrome, making it the most common chromosomal condition. There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the U.S. In 1983, the average life expectancy of a person with Down syndrome was a mere 25-years-old. Today, it's 60.
Evidence suggests that live-birth prevalence of DS is high in South Africa: 1.33 - 1.8 per 1 000 live births in two urban areas,1,2 and 2.1 per 1 000 in a rural area.
National Down Syndrome Day is commemorated to create awareness about down syndrome and to communicate facts about the condition. Although Down syndrome cannot be cured, there is a variety of medical care to treat problems associated with the disease.
Children with Down syndrome can be included in normal schools with regular academic procedures.
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International Pediatrics Day on October 20 (The Day of Pediatrics or Día Internacional de Pediatría was instituted in 1973, during the World Congress of Pediatrics held in Argentina, in commemoration of the founding of Argentine Pediatric Society);