widenews desk: World Down Syndrome Day has observed on 21 March with the help of Down Syndrome Parents Support Group of Bangladesh and Association of Medical Doctors of at the Dhaka University premises.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day on 19 December 2011. It is decided to be effective from 2012, to observe World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March each year, and 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 order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome.
The resolution was adopted by consensus during the plenary meeting of the 3rd Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on 10 November 2011. It was proposed and promoted by Brazil, following an original request by the Brazilian Federation of Associations of Down Syndrome, who worked with Down Syndrome International and its members to launch an extensive campaign to generate international support. The resolution was eventually co-sponsored by 78 UN Member States.
Down syndrome groups and associations around the world campaigned for their governments to co-sponsor the resolution. In addition, DSi launched an international petition for the adoption of World Down Syndrome Day by the UN. This received more than 12,000 signatures in a 2 week period and was presented to the Chair of the Third Committee.
This resolution will ensure a major step forward towards DSi’s goal for WDSD to be observed and celebrated by persons with Down syndrome, their families and friends, those who live and work with them and all persons who wish to promote and ensure quality of life and human rights for all persons with Down syndrome.
Down syndrome occurs when a person has an extra pair of the 21st chromosome, giving it the name Trisomy 21.
It is to be noted here that, in Bangladesh, there are no studies on people with the syndrome.
The government recently launched programs for autism, but Down syndrome was not included.
Sarder A Razzak, Executive Director of Down Syndrome Parents Support Group of Bangladesh stated “As per international statistics we assume there are around 200,000 people in Bangladesh with Trisomy 21. We cannot confirm it without a statistical survey.
He opined that country is not prepared to help people with the condition, especially children. Most parents are not aware of what it is or when their children have it.