MANILA – The Institute of Human Genetics (IHG), National Institutes of Health – UP Manila, Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health (VYLH) – Philippines, and the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) – Section of Genetics held a webinar on birth defects last March 4, 2019. Clinical geneticist and Metabolic specialist Dr. Mary Ann R. Abacan of the UP College of Medicine – Philippine General Hospital presented a talk entitled “Birth Defects: Why it Matters”. The webinar on birth defects is the first webinar organized by VYLH-Philippines together with its partners. The activity was held in observance of the 5th World Birth Defects Day.
The full video of the webinar is available online in the VYLH-Philippines Facebook Page.
World Birth Defects Day or #WorldBDday in social media, is held every March 3. The campaign aims to promote birth defects awareness and expand birth defects research, prevention, surveillance and care worldwide. In 2019, the global campaign used another hashtag, #ManyBirthDefects1Voice, to highlight the diversity of birth defects, their global occurrence and the need for global awareness and action. It is known that every year, about 8 million babies worldwide are born with a serious birth defect, and about 3 million of them will die before their fifth birthday.
On the other hand, a one-hour international webinar is scheduled to be organized by the World Health Organization and the March of Dimes on March 22 (15:00 CET/22:00 or 10:00 PM Philippine Time). Dr. Allisyn Moran of WHO, and Dr. Salimah Walani of MOD will serve as the meeting moderators.
Dr. Abacan is the Cluster Adviser of VYLH-Philippines NCR-South Luzon Cluster.#RPascual