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World Birth Defects Day (3rd March, 2015 )

World Birth Defects Day

       (3rd March, 2015 )

  • Around 6 lakh children may be born each year in India with congenital anomalies
  • Congenital heart disease may affect 1 in 160 pregnancies; over 1 lakh children may be affected with congenital heart defects each year
  • India contributes to 28% of global neonatal mortality due to congenital anomalies
  • NSSO data reports that there were 5.5 million Indians surviving with disabilities caused by birth defects in 2002; the number could be as high as 8 million in 2014
  • Services for care and support are limited or unavailable
  • PSYCHOSOCIAL COUNSELLING AND SUPPORT SERVICES ARE A PRIORITY as birth defects cause enormous distress to parents