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.
The estimated incidence of Down syndrome is between 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 1,100 live births worldwide. Each year, approximately 3,000 to 5,000 children are born with Down syndrome.
In December 2011, the General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day (A/RES/66/149). The General Assembly decided, with effect from 2012, to observe World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March each year.
In order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome, the General Assembly invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner.
In line with the UN's decision, we celebrated the World Down Syndrome Day this year at Hybrid Pro in Rose Belle by inviting all our members to participate in a fun day, organized by Mrs Feroza Bhalan and her dedicated team.
The day consisted of a series of activities, games, sports, lunch and snacks. We spent the day making sure that our members had a interactive and stimulating time and lots of fun!
In the spirit of this year's theme "Inclusion Means" the event was fully inclusive a left no one behind.
Our heartfelt gratitude is extended to Mrs Feroza Bhalan; Blue Ocean Citizen Association; Hybrid Pro; Salim & Samira Bhalan; Sameer and Alfaz Bhalan; and Clifford, Adele and Fehmina for this wonderful day.
Check out the highlights below!