World Birth Defects Day
World Birth Defects Day is held on March 3. This event in the first decade of the month March is annual. Help us
Birth defects are alterations that affect the embryo or fetus. They impair the body's ability to function and prevent newborns from having a normal developmental process. World Birth Defects Day was established on March 3, 2015 to advocate for greater economic and political support related to birth defects.
Congenital defects contribute up to 21% of under-5 mortality in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC); the Zika virus congenital syndrome epidemic was a situation that prompted recognition of the relevance of such conditions. Strengthening the visibility of birth defects in terms of surveillance and response is a priority in the Region of the Americas and requires the participation of all stakeholders: policy makers, health teams, society and its organizations are central actors in providing an adequate and timely response.
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