of the World Alliance for the Prevention of Birth Defects
of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
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We seek to disseminate knowledge regarding the prevention of birth defects. We particularly
wish to insure that every Ukrainian woman of child bearing age knows that
taking folic acid before pregnancy can help prevent certain birth defects
of the brain and spine. Concurrently, we seek to impact heath care
education and training. We wish to insure that current scientific
information reaches health care providers, scientists, teachers and decision
We seek to impact decision makers and stress that the future of Ukraine belongs to its young.
We seek to become a premier advocate for parents and babies. We consider
that babies with birth defects need to be counted in a scientific manner
to detect possible causes and facilitate better health care plans.
We seek to promote birth defects basic and clinical research through strategic national and
international partnerships and exchanges.
We seek patrons, sponsors, donations, members, grants and contracts.
Our Health Agenda In Ukraine
Our Scientific Advisors endorsed the following initiatives:
Expand Birth Defects Surveillance Systems and Birth Defects Information Centers being established
in Rivne and Volyn oblasts to other regions of Ukraine.
Create and distribute information materials regarding the diagnosis, management and prevention
of prevalent birth defects.
Promote programs to prevent or at least diminish the impact of infant mortality morbidity
Institutionalization trauma on orphans (to prevent dull mental development)
- Folic acid deficiency (to reduce spinal and other defects)
- Congenital Hypothyroidism (to reduce mental subnormality)
- PKU treatment of infants and mothers (to reduce mental subnormality)
induced fetal anomalies (to reduce multiple birth defects)
- Advanced Maternal Age Gestations (to reduce Down
- Vaginosis (to reduce premature births)
Joint Progress Reports of the Ukrainian Alliance and Ukrainian-American Birth Defects Program
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