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World #FolicAcidAwareness Week

by IFSBH category: Health

“It's World #FolicAcid Awareness Week, 8-14 January! Join us to help give babies the best start in life & save lives http://thndr.me/q5weuS

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World #FolicAcidAwareness Week

Help us to prevent Neural Tube Defects with Folic Acid!

January 8 - 14 is World Folic Acid Awareness Week!
Join us in this global effort to raise awareness of the importance of Folic Acid in the prevention of Neural Tube Defects (NTDs), and make this week event even bigger and better than last year!

NTDs are largely preventable, yet they still affect around ½ million pregnancies globally every year. PRECONCEPTIONAL FOLIC ACID IS KEY TO PREVENTION.

Most countries recommend that all women who ‘could’ become pregnant, take a daily supplement containing 400mcg Folic Acid, starting at least one month (ideally 3 months) before conception and continuing for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

The message is simple, yet far too many women remain unaware of the need to take folic acid at the critical time before they get pregnant.  

Help us, the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF), our member organisations, partners and supporters to promote World Folic Acid Awareness Week every January as part of our Global Prevention Initiative to reduce the worldwide risk of NTDs and Hydrocephalus.

Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), is essential for healthy cell growth and development, providing the basic building blocks for DNA. This is why Folic Acid is so important during the early stages of pregnancy when cell growth and development is at its most rapid. It’s not possible to get enough Folic Acid to support a healthy pregnancy through diet alone, which is why daily supplements are recommended along with a healthy balanced diet rich in natural source folates and consumption of fortified cereals and grains.

Over 80 countries now have a mandate to fortify staple foods with Folic Acid to help further reduce the global risk of NTDs.

What can you do?  

  1. Join this Thunderclap ... Lend your voice! Select a social media account above (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or all), and authorize Thunderclap to use your account to post this 1 time message on Monday January 8, 2018, at 10AM.
  2. Tell your friends ... Spread the word to friends and followers to sign up as well.
  3. Use and share the toolkit https://goo.gl/fkyq3q, and share how you are creating awareness, using the hashtags: #WFAAW #IFGPI
  4. Support the IFGPI ... https://goo.gl/na2eS0                                         

Join the IFGPI this January, and together let's make a difference! For more information about the IFGPI, Folic Acid and how to reduce the risk of NTDs and Hydrocephalus, please visit https://www.ifglobal.org/en/what-we-do/global-prevention

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The mission of IF is to improve the quality of life of people with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and their families, and to reduce the incidence of Neural Tube Defects and Hydrocephalus by primary prevention; by raising awareness and through political advocacy, research, community building and human rights education. www.ifglobal.org

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