Today, March 3, 2016, marks the second annual World Birth Defects Day (WorldBDday). WorldBDdayprovides 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.
The Philippines, as a member state, will be doing its part in this global awareness event through the leadership of the Institute of Human Genetics (IHG). The institute intends to involve major stakeholders from key government and non-government organizations, as well as the youth sector, to this worthwhile endeavor.
One of the advocacies on birth defect prevention is folic acid supplementation. Folic acid, also called folate, is a B vitamin (B9) found mostly in leafy green vegetables and legumes. Repeated studies have shown that women who get 400 micrograms (0.4 milligrams) daily prior to conception and during early pregnancy reduce the risk that their baby will be born with a serious neural tube defect (a birth defect involving incomplete development of the brain and spinal cord) by up to 70%. Watch the Folic Acid Awareness Campaign video on YouTube!
Let us lend our voice to raise awareness about #birthdefects research, surveillance, care and prevention!