Health Days 2015
World Down Syndrome Day
The United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as the World Down Syndrome Day, with effect from 2012, and invited all member states, relevant organizations of the United Nations and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe the World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner. The day is meant to raise public awareness of Down syndrome, and shed light on the group suffering from the disease in our society, and ensuring for them, children or adults alike, equal access to health services; which is critical to their empowerment and full participation in the society.
 
Down syndrome is estimated to affect 1 in every 800 children, despite the fact that more than half pregnant women, who are affected by Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), don't continue with their pregnancy.
 
Official Date:
Globally: March 21st, 2015
Locally: Jumada Al-Akhira 1st, 1436H
 
Theme of the World Down Syndrome Day:
 
My Opportunities, My Choices’ – Enjoying Full and Equal Rights and the Role of Families
 
Targeted group:
  • Patients with Down syndrome and their families.
  • Health professionals.
  • Health organizations and associations.
  • Decision makers in the health sector.
  • The public.
 
Objectives and general messages of the World Down Syndrome Day:
  • Raising public awareness of patients with Down syndrome and community.
  • Identifying important standards and guidelines for improving health care provided to those affected by Down syndrome.
  • Ensuring availability of accredited health information of patients with Down syndrome and their families about their health status.
  • Providing full support to patients with Down syndrome and protect their full rights.
  • Supporting those infected with Down syndrome in all fields, especially in education, training and employment. 
 
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