Join us – together we can reach our mutual goals on behalf of all those affected or at risk of congenital disorders.

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

It is believed that more than half of all birth defects can be prevented or treated, despite statistics showing that birth defects are the third highest cause of early deaths in the Western Cape.

While different birth defects have different causes, some of these causes remain unknown. And so January has been declared National Birth Defects Prevention Month – a time when nurses and health promoters raise awareness and teach people more about birth defects, the causes and how to prevent them.

Recent statistics show that as many as one in 15 babies in South Africa is affected by birth defects, with up to 70% of birth defects being treatable or preventable.

March 3 – World Birth Defects Day #WorldBDDay

March 3rd is World Birth Defects Day! Join us in our effort to raise awareness of birth defects, their causes, and their impact around the world! This year’s theme is “Many birth defects, one voice.”

Every year, about 3-6% of infants worldwide are born with a serious birth defect. This means that life-altering conditions like spina bifida and congenital heart defects affect millions of babies and families. Birth defects can affect babies regardless of where they are born, their socioeconomic status, or their race or ethnicity.

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As a member of the Genetic Alliance South Africa community, by joining us you can help unite the sector with one voice so together we can reach our mutual goals on behalf of all those affected or at risk of congenital disorders. The more members of GA-SA representing different patient support groups and congenital disorders, and the greater the geographical coverage.

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