World Down Syndrome Day 2019

March 21 was celebrated as World Down Syndrome Day. The theme of the 2019 World Down Syndrome Day is “Leave no one behind”.

Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder which results in delayed physical and mental growth in individuals. The genetic disorder has been named after British doctor John Langdon Down who fully described the syndrome in 1866.

In normal conditions, people have only two copies of Chromosome 21 whereas those with Down’s syndrome there is a presence of a part or full of the third copy of chromosome 21.

Even though Down’s Syndrome is incurable, the quality of life of those suffering could be considerably improved by giving proper medical support and education.

World Down Syndrome Day

21 March is observed as World Syndrome Day to increase global awareness about the syndrome by the United Nations since 2012. Since then March 21st is celebrated as World Down Syndrome Day by the governments, organisations and individuals to extend support to those suffering from Down’s Syndrome.

Why March 21st?

March 21st is the 21st day of third month. March 21st was chosen to signify uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

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