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WHO forced to apologise for ‘ignorant’ Down Syndrome Facebook post – The Independent

Saturday, 12 March, 2022

WHO forced to apologise for ‘ignorant’ Down Syndrome Facebook post – The Independent


The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an apology after sharing a Facebook post that appeared to bracket Down syndrome in with “birth defects”.
The post, which has since been edited, included the syndrome on a list featuring conditions such as congenital heart defects, neural tube defects and haemoglobin disorders, writing that “Some birth defects can be prevented and treated with access to quality maternal and newborn care”.
As explained by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Down (or Down’s) syndrome is in fact a genetic condition, not a birth defect, and manifests in many forms and to different extents.
Read more at: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/who-down-syndrome-defect-apology-b2031906.html

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