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Globally at least 7.6 million children are born annually with severe genetic or congenital malformations; 90% of these are in mid and low income countries. The higher prevalence of genetic disorders in a particular community may be due to some social and cultural factors consanguineous marriages). Genetic diseases can vary in severity from being fatal before birth to requiring continuous disease management and their onset covers all life stages from infancy to old age causing enormous burden on families, and society. The genetic services have not been integrated into the existing primary health care and medical services.

NORD Chairman’s Message

Globally at least 7.6 million children are born annually with severe genetic or congenital malformations; 90% of these are in mid and low income countries. The higher prevalence of genetic disorders in a particular community may be due to some social and cultural

E. Michael D. Scott, MBA



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