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

What are congenital disorders?

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes a congenital disorder (CD) or birth defect as an abnormality in the structure or function of a person, which is present from birth.

Although CDs are present from birth, only some are obvious and can be detected when a baby is born. Others may only manifest later in childhood, adolescence or later in life.

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.

Become a member

Join us and help unite us with one voice
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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