According to the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Inc. (DSAPI), one in every 800 Filipino babies has Down Syndrome—and with 1.5 million live births, this makes up about 1,875 new cases in the country. In fact, more than 100,000 Filipino families are living with a person with Down Syndrome.
Presently, there is no known
cause as to why some kids are affected by the condition, but some studies have
linked the mother’s age as factor, and that the risk increases as women get
However, while Down Syndrome in
the Philippines is common, many Filipinos are still unaware of a person with
Down Syndrome’s potentials and that they can live normal lives.
This is why every February, the Philippines
celebrates the National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month—to inform the public
that even though people with Down Syndrome have mild to moderate cognitive
disability, they can still participate in the society.
Bites: Prenatal treatment for Down Syndrome, New cardiac catheter combining
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[Infographic] Down Syndrome in the Philippines
Jemar Nicdao, 04 Feb 2018