World Down Syndrome Day is marked each year on the 21st of March.

Down syndrome occurs when an individual has an extra partial (or whole) copy of chromosome 21. It exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics, and health.

Each year the incidence of Down syndrome is estimated to be about 1 in every 1000 births worldwide. The quality of life of people with Down syndrome can be improved by meeting their healthcare needs, including regular check-ups with health professionals to monitor their mental and physical condition and to provide timely intervention – physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, counseling, or special education.

While Down syndrome cannot be cured, more options for intervention and treatment are available, and people with Down syndrome could have a higher life expectancy.

By raising awareness and funding research, we can change the future of people with Down syndrome and their families.

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